January 30, 2015
“Symbols and Stories”
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
It’s pretty obvious that baptism and teaching, as it relates to the Great Commission, were important to Jesus. In essence, He gave the church a command to baptize. And later, when Peter was preaching to the assembled crowds in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit commanded individual believers to repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38).
So, Christ commands the church to baptize and the Holy Spirit commands individual believers to be baptized.
This Sunday our church will obey that command of Christ and several of our brothers and sisters will obey that command of the Holy Spirit to be baptized.
Baptism is an outward symbol that tells the story of an inward reality. It is a picture that helps each believer tell their personal story regarding God’s saving grace.
Symbols are all around us and they all tell a deeper story. For instance, when you see a + you know to add and when you see a $ you know the subject is money. If a musician sees a # they know to raise the note ½ step and when a chemist sees the symbol Ba, he or she knows the element in question is barium.
Let’s look at some symbols on the screen to see if we can recognize the bigger story they are telling. Sunday is going to be an incredible day. In addition to our baptisms, we’ll also welcome 13 new members into our church and we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper as the family of God. We’ll also hear from Dr. John Ward from Gideon’s International about how each of us can help provide copies of God’s Word to every corner of the world.
Sunday is going to be an incredible day. In addition to our baptisms, we’ll also welcome 13 new members into our church and we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper as the family of God. We’ll also welcome Dr. John Ward from Gideon’s International to learn how each of us can help provide copies of God’s Word to every corner of the world.
It’s going to be a great day at FFC!