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Sermon Outline, November 25, 2018, “Baptized into Christ”

Baptized into Christ

Colossians 2:11-13

 

Baptism is essential for Salvation.

Baptism is essential for the Forgiveness of Sins.

~ Acts 2:38                   Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

~ Ephesians 1:7           In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

 

~ I Peter 1:18-19         knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

 

~ Acts 22:16                Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

 

Baptism is essential for a Good Conscience.

~ I Peter 3:21               Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

 

~ Hebrews 10:22          let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

 

 

Baptism is essential for the Work of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit creates within us a New Person.

~ Titus 3:5                   He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

 

~ II Corinthians 5:17   Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

 

The Holy Spirit empowers our walk with Jesus Christ.

~ Philippians 1:6         For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

~ Philippians 2:13       for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

 

~ Romans 8:13            for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

 

 

Baptism is essential for Union with Christ.

Baptism unites us with Christ.

~ Romans 6:3-4           Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

 

~ Romans 6:11            Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

Baptism clothes us in Christ!

~ Galatians 3:27          For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 

~ Romans 8:1              Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Care for One Another

 

I Corinthians 12:25 & Luke 10:25-37

John 13:35

Be Sensitive!

Be sensitive with your eyes.

Romans 16:16     Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

I Corinthians 16:20     All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

II Corinthians 13:12     Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Be sensitive with your heart.

Colossians 3:12      So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

Be Selfless!

Be selfless with your time.

I Corinthians 10:24     Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.

Philippians 2:4     do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Be selfless with your money.

Matthew 6:24     “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Matthew 6:21     for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Mark 8:36     For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

Luke 12:15      Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

Be Steadfast!

Provide Loving Care!

Galatians 5:14     For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Romans 13:8     Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Galatians 5:13      For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Provide faithful Care!

I Corinthians 15:58      Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Daily Prayer Guide

What Heaven will be Like

Revelation 22:4

they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

 

Missions Moment

This summer, I (Ellie Mullins) went to Doryumu, Shai-Hills, Ghana, West Africa.  I went with Adventures in Missions for a one-month journey with twelve other girls.  While in Ghana, we worked with the Cities of Refuge Ministries (CORM).  CORM works with the International Justice Misson (IJM) to rescue children from Ghana’s fishing industry, a form of trafficking on Lake Volta which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.    The lake is home to thousands of fishing boats with child workers, mostly young boys ages 3-10.  Fishing is pretty much a way of life in Ghana, so many people don’t see that there is anything wrong with it. The parents send their children to work on the lake for four cedis, the equivalent of 1 USD a day.  The conditions on the lake are horrendous. The children are submerged in the water for a large portion of the day and their skin develops a condition that inhabits the surface of the whole body with sores and boils.  There are parasites and other diseases that can come into the bodies of the children.  There are also eels and dangerous trees in the water that cause eye injuries.  The children are given 1-2 non-nutritious meals a day, and they are often unclothed.  CORM believes that this is NOT how life should be for these children.    After the children are rescued, they are sent to the CORM compound where they live, rehabilitate, learn about Jesus, and are simply children. The children go to school on CORM’s campus at a private Christian school called Faith Roots International Academy.  The ages of children do not correspond to their grades because the children were not in school when they were working on the lake.  The grades they are placed in depend on test results when they arrive at CORM.  One of the children I got closest to is named Moses.  He is 16 years old and in a 5th grade classroom.  The children also do not know how old they are.  When they were trafficked, they didn’t have a way to keep track of how much time had passed, and many were so young that they didn’t know their birth date.  The children receive a new birthday when they arrive at CORM.  The date becomes the day that they were rescued, and the year of their birth is determined by physical examination.  The ages of the children often prove to be inaccurate.
At CORM I was a third grade teacher’s assistant.  I taught class a couple of times, but mostly I graded papers and created relationships with the children in my class.  The school is for the children that live at CORM.  It is also open to the community which creates an unknown, as we do not know what kind of home life the community kids come from.  This was the hardest aspect of the trip for me.  I had a little girl in my class, Lily, who would turn in her tests after 2 minutes and go back to put her head down on the table.  Lily was a house slave for a family that barely let her rest.  The kids were allowed to nap after they had completed their work, so this was Lily’s strategy for getting the rest that she was deprived of.  The education system is very corrupt and it was hard to stand by and watch. There are a very few children who have parents that actually have an education and care about their children’s studies.  There are some children that excel, while others lag further and further behind.  Many children are not given adequate time at home to study because they are forced to work.  There is not enough help to catch these children up, so they get frustrated at never knowing what is happening in school and usually they drop out.    While in Ghana, I heard the voice more clearly than I ever have before.  I went on this trip to discover what international missions looks like for me, and God gave me that answer.  I know that this is the life that I am called to and I know that it is at CORM in Ghana.  I’ve never felt more called or more useful to the Lord’s work in my life.  The biggest need that I saw while at CORM was the psychological rehabilitation of these kids, and that is something I could help with after I graduate with my Psychology and Sociology degrees.  I feel as though the Lord took every desire of my heart and put it in that one place.  CORM is my new home, and I long to go back there, living out the Lord’s plan for my life and serving those kids.
You can help support this ministry by going to http://www.cityofrefugeoutreach.org/

~ Ellie Mullins

Daily Prayer Guide

Our Resurrection

John 6:40

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

Daily Prayer Guide

Our Resurrection

John 11:24

Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

Sermon Outline October 1, 2017, “Focus on the Example”

Focus on the Example

 

Matthew 5:13-16

~ Matthew 10:32-33  “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

Stand Honestly.

Stand for Truth.

~ Ephesians 4:25     Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Stand for Purity.

~ I Peter 1:15-16      but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Stand for Righteousness.

~ Matthew 5:6     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

~ Matthew 5:20     “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

~ James 4:17     Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

 

Stand Strongly.

Stand Shamelessly.

~ Mark 8:38      For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Stand Courageously.

~ Matthew 10:32-33     “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

~ I Corinthians 6:9-11      Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

 

Stand Constantly.

Focus on the Goal.

~ I Corinthians 6:18-20      Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Refuse to be Distracted!

~ Hebrews 2:1     For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

~ Hebrews 10:26-27     For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

~ Galatians 5:4     You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

~ Hebrews 6:4-6      For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

 

Daily Prayer Guide

Freedom

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Remove the Rock of Anger – James 1:19-20

ANGER

In today’s culture it seems as if most people find themselves easily aggravated and anger seems to flair without much cause. This happens while traveling the streets of our city, shopping at the local grocery, or even in our own home while watching the evening news. I am often surprised and ashamed how quickly my anger can flair for what really is a very insignificant reason.

As Christ followers we are called to live a life that is more in control of how we react in certain situations. In the book of James we read these wise instructions from God by the hand of James concerning how best to begin to remove this anger from our lives. James writes in verse 19, “be quick to hear”, yet so often our anger flairs out of a misunderstanding. We need to be cautious and listen intently to others and make a great effort to show compassion for their situation. This will cause us to lay aside our self and place others before our own needs or desires. James continues to give us instructions by writing “slow to speak”. How often have you been in a normal conversation and without warning something is said that causes that conversation to become very hostile? Let us as Christians be careful in how we use our words for they have a great power and can cause very deep wounds on the hearts of those we love and know.

James ends this portion of scripture in verse 20 by writing, “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Every morning we are to awake with an overwhelming desire to be more like Jesus. If we allow anger to continue to plague our hearts this becomes impossible and instead our hearts will become cold and our witness of His love for others will be dead! Instead awake with love and grace overflowing from your lives and anger will flee from you!

-Nick Wallen

Daily Prayer Guide

How Great is the Father’s Love

Isaiah 9:6

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

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