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: 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?

Being a 2nd Class Christian

 

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Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.  But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.”
Matthew 13:5-6

Sometimes when I go to church, or attend a bible study group; I come away and feel that I’m a 2nd class christian.

That I’ve not been greeted, or the church greeter looks like they have been sucking on a lemon.  Here we are, saved! no less; and some people can’t crack a smile.

This happened twice at a local church.  By the time I got past the second greeter, I was just about done with that church.  The sermon itself was well done.

Bible study tonight.  Engaging talk by a well regarded pastor, and it all fell down after that.  Not a welcoming christian group.

Christ, please grant me the strength to keep serving you.  Amen.

“Well isn’t that a mindfield of religous discussion”

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1 Corinthians 11:2-34

Paul addresses the issue of honour and propriety in worship, and in particular he looks at the role and place of women in worship. A huge amount of ink has been spilt discussing what this passage means. There is general agreement that much of it is cultural – few churches today expect women to cover their hair, for example.

It was an interesting BIOY, which has me researching all sorts of different viewpoints about 1 Corinthians 11.