Be wise and innocent 2: Innocent as doves

So you think your world needs a change? Your church, your workplace, your family? Probably so. But you cannot be an effective change agent unless you let it start with you.

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Be wise and innocent 1: Wise as serpents

The church’s darkest days come when Christians abandon wisdom and chase after the spirit of the age. Jesus tells us to be smarter than that. We need some goodhearted, living skepticism today

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The darkness within 1: Seeing the darkness

The darkness we see in some of the worst human beings…this darkness is not a foreign substance that has nothing to do with us. On the contrary, the anger, bitterness, and jealousy we harbor can lead us to the same kind of evil, even if not on the same scale. Let’s be aware of the darkness within.

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Start fresh 2: The new has come

Hear, Believe, Confess, Repent, Be Baptized

Romans 10:9-16 – Hear, believe, confess…
God has children, but no grandchildren.
Acts 2:38 – Repent and be baptized…

Why get baptized?
Baptism was important to Jesus.
Matthew 28:18-20 – Go make disciples…baptizing them…
Matthew 3:13-15 – Jesus is baptized.

Baptism is the visible start of the new life.
Romans 6:1-4 – Death, burial, resurrection

Baptism is linked with clothing yourself with Christ.
Galatians 3:26-28 – You who were baptized into Christ…

Baptism is a cleansing.
1 Peter 3:21-22 – “…baptism that now saves you…”

Why immersion? ‘Baptism’ means immerse, and this was the original practice described in Scripture.

At what age?

Rebaptism? Acts 19

Do I have to?

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Start fresh 1: The old has gone

Don’t you wish life had a reset button? Aren’t there decisions, actions, mistakes that you’d like to have back? 2 Corinthians 5 tells us how Christ can make it possible for us to start fresh.

Here’s Kyle Idleman and Dave Stone from Southeast Christian Church in Louisville on a similar subject.

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