Worship Bulletins

Nov. 19: 1 Peter 1:3

Our old lives are dead and gone; we have new lives in Christ.

This Week's Pastor to People

Why is baptism so important to Christians? The answer is simple. Baptism portrays the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without them, there would be no promises of God worth trusting. If Christ did not die and then rise from the dead, then a Christian’s faith is futile.

 But Christ did indeed die and is risen from the dead! His crucifixion and resurrection have launched the fulfillment of God’s promises. And first among those promises, the most wondrous of all, is our forgiveness of sins. As God puts it, your sins and transgressions I will remember no more! 

A dear friend of mine and former pastor here at Stone Hill compares baptism to theater: 
Who doesn’t enjoy the experience of going to the theater? People love being spectators of beauty, imagery and story. This morning we have the privilege of being in a gospel theater, and baptism is our spectacle. When we witness a baptism, we see a demonstration of the gospel. Consider the words from the Apostle Paul, all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. 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 (Romans 6:3-4). As a church audience, we hear from people who profess faith in the gospel of grace and then willingly enter the waters of baptism. As they are submerged into the waters, they become a picture of Jesus Christ, who willingly went to the cross to die and be buried in the earth. As they are brought up from the water, imagine Jesus bursting forth to the newness of life!  The act of baptism is a sign of union with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection – and as surely as Christ is alive, those with faith will remain with Him. Amen. 

Amen indeed! My appeal to all of you on this Baptism Sunday is to put your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Then you can be assured of God’s forgiveness, a forgiveness that is measured by an empty tomb and a Risen Savior.

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