Baptism is a public announcement of a personal decision
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
So if Jesus thought it was right to be baptised, why wouldn’t we?
Baptism is a picture of salvation
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Christianity brings freedom that, it’s different from the world’s definition of freedom. The world’s definition of freedom is do whatever you want, with whoever you want, whenever you want. The Christian freedom is the freedom to be yourself, and be loved no matter what happens.
I was at a service the other day which I didn’t much care for. The preacher seemed to love the sound of his own voice.
But what if I was wrong?
So the preacher’s style didn’t suit me. And that’s ok. The preacher is preaching to the regular church goers about the Word Of God. They like the style, and that is ok. Which neatly leads us to what I got out of today’s BIOY:
Don’t be concerned about other people’s motives for preaching the gospel: ‘Some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry’ and ‘selfish ambition’ (vv.15,17). Others do it out of love (v.16). However, Paul didn’t seem to think it mattered very much as long as Christ was preached (vv.17–18). Don’t criticise other Christians who are preaching the gospel even if you don’t like their style or you question their motives. Be glad that they are proclaiming Jesus.
Andy Stanley is doing a series on Starting Over. The sermon is worth a listen too. Besides asking us to ask ourselves
“What was I thinking???”
He lists 7 lethal assumptions we make when we’re starting over …
If you want to break the cycle of repeated mistakes, regret and resolve aren’t
enough. You can’t will yourself into a different future. If you think the way you
used to think, you’ll do the things you used to do.
Here are Seven Lethal Assumptions people make:
“If I can find the right person, everything will be all right.”
“My situation is unique.”
“It’s not right, but it makes me happy. God wants me to be happy.”
“If only I had ___________, then I would be satisfied.”