Why get baptised?

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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.

Matthew 3:13-15

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.

Romans 6:3-4

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BIOY – A Life Worth Living

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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.

Be glad that they are proclaiming Jesus.

BIOY: Seven Ways to Please the Lord (Day 270)

christ_cross_god_jesus_religion_christianity_christian_religious-727071.jpg!d (Custom)I’m in a new(ish) relationship with a fellow Christian, so BIOY Day 270 wasssss helpful.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of good wisdom in today’s BIOY.  But

Submit to one another with love and respect

sang to me.

The wonderful thing about using a Study Bible alongside BIOY, is that it gives you additional insights, such as 1 Corinthians 7:4

The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.

7 Lethal Assumptions We Don’t Want To Make When We’re Starting Over

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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:

  1. “If I can find the right person, everything will be all right.”

  2. “My situation is unique.”

  3. “It’s not right, but it makes me happy. God wants me to be happy.”

  4. “If only I had ___________, then I would be satisfied.”

  5. “‘I owe’ is better than ‘I want.’”

  6. “My secret is safe with me.”

  7. “Sex will solve it.”

Further details in the sermon notes

Sermon: Recognising God’s Voice

Church Of The Highlands – Recognizing God’s Voice

I enjoy Chris Hodges sermons as I can usually take something away from them.

Today’s sermon is worth listening to.  I am tempted to just copy the sermon notes, but you can do that yourself.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God… – 1 John 4:1

How do we know if it’s God’s voice speaking to us?

  1. Does it line up with the Bible?
    God’s voice will not contradict God’s word in The Bible.
  2. Will it make me more like Christ?
    Will doing this be something that Jesus would do?
    Is it a considerate act?
  3. Does Godly counsel agree?
    Do the advice of our friends in Christ agree with what we’re planning to do?
  4. Do I have peace?
    Does this sit well with my conscience?