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.
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
Our resentment often comes from one of two places: Either an immature reaction to unfairness or else actually being taken advantage of. In either case, there is a choice to be made.
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.
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?
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.
David Schaffer talks about being the light of the world in daily life, reflecting the light of Jesus with everyone we meet.
David is our Board Chairman at MHCC and the husband of our Children’s Director Adrienne.
We probably know the ‘right’ answer.
But do we really live it?
(Sorry, there was no audio for December 17)
What makes a good life? Have I wasted the years so far? Can I still turn it around? Our culture has answers and the Bible does too.