March 10 through April 7
One of the central sacraments of our faith is Baptism. And yet, we hardly ever think about it, reflect on it, ponder it, or even experience it much, in the life of the church. This message series will span 40 days on the topic of baptism. At its conclusion, for those so moved, we encourage you to be baptized in celebration on Easter! Please come, listen, learn, and pray – as a church family.
Sunday, March 10
Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20
Let’s explore what it means for Jesus Christ to be the Lord of our lives. In the Great Commission, Jesus claims all Lordly authority, in the entire universe for himself. So, if we say, Jesus is Lord, we are affirming that Jesus has authority over everything, even our lives.
Sunday, March 17
Scripture: Mark 9:14-24
Trust – or belief – is the core value of the Bible. This message addresses what it is to actually trust God. Additionally, we will lift up how hard it is to continue to trust. Even the disciples had a hard time trusting God. Yet, for those who believe/trust, there is eternal life.
Sunday, March 24
Scripture: John 13:33-38
Usually we think of being a disciple as being defined by holiness or perfection. However, Jesus defines discipleship as the love that we have for one another. So, when we ask people to be a faithful disciple, we are asking people to commit to loving one another.
Sunday, March 31
Scripture: James 4:6-10
As soberly cited in this Scripture, “turning” is always a tough topic for any church to discuss and for any pastor to teach to a multi-faceted group of people – congregation and community. However, central to the process of baptism is turning away from sin and turning toward God. Everyone struggles with this movement. The Greek word for the sort of turning, in this context, is “metanoia ”, meaning repentance.
Sunday, April 7
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47
The last baptism question refers directly to the Acts 2 text. The first Christians dedicated themselves to teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer. Simple as that. Or is it?