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.
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.”
“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.
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.