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Verse and Message (Week of Sept 12-18, 2010) September 14, 2010

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Matthew 28:19

“go and make followers of all people in all the world, baptizing them in the name of the Father

and the Son and the Holy Spirit

  
In an ancient church ritual, the (wedding) ring was placed first on the thumb, “in the name of the Father”; next on the forefinger,”and of the Son”; then on the middle finger, “and of the Holy Spirit.” It was placed last on the third finger, “Amen,” and left there as a seal of the marriage bond. An outward manifestation of an inward choice, the ring circles not only our finger but also our heart.
 
Water Baptism is also an outward sign of an inward decision. To many, Baptism has been used as a ritual to seal their faith. However, being baptized cannot save anyone. BUT…could there be a more perfect way to demonstrate what Jesus Christ has done for us?
 
“He died and was buried. But He rose again, conquering the finality of death. Our old selves,
destined for hell and all its torments, have been buried, but raised dripping wet in the cleansing
blood of Jesus Christ to walk a clear path to glory.”
(Lawrence Kimbrough-One Minute Bible)
 
Max Lucado in his teaching “Baptism: The Demonstration of Devotion” shares a remarkable explanation on the subject of baptism:
 

“The human mind explaining baptism is like a harmonica interpreting Beethoven: the music is too majestic

for the instrument. No scholar or saint can fully appreciate what this moment means in heaven. Any words

on baptism, including these, must be seen as human efforts to understand a holy event. Our danger is to

swing to one of two extremes: we make baptism either too important or too unimportant. Either we deify

it or we trivialize it. One can see baptism as the essence of the gospel or as irrelevant to the gospel. Both

sides are equally perilous. One person says, “I am saved because I was baptized.” The other says, “I am

saved so I don’t need to be baptized.” The challenge is to let the pendulum stop somewhere between the

two viewpoints. This is done by placing it where it should be: at the foot of the cross. Baptism is like a

precious jewel– set apart by itself, it is nice and appealing but has nothing within it to compel. But place

baptism against the backdrop of our sin and turn on the light of the cross, and the jewel explodes with

significance. Baptism at once reveals the beauty of the cross and the darkness of sin. As a stone has many

facets, baptism has many sides: cleansing, burial, resurrection, the death of the old, and the birth of the

new. Just as the stone has no light within it, baptism has no inherent power. But just as the stone refracts

the light into many colors, so baptism reveals the many facets of God’s grace.”

  
“Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers. Would you feel comfortable

marrying someone who wanted to keep the marriage a secret? Neither does God. It’s one thing to say in

the privacy of your own heart that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. But it’s quite another to walk out

of the shadows and stand before family, friends, and colleagues to state publicly that Christ is your

forgiver and master. This step raises the ante. Jesus commanded all his followers to prove it, to make the

pledge, by public demonstration in baptism.”

  

What is done in the heart is most important, but what is represented and revealed through our actions is extremely significant. Therefore, consider being water baptized if you haven’t yet experienced this amazing testament to your faith.

On a final note, I wanted to share an exciting change that has taken place in my life recently that carries with it a symbol of commitment. I GOT ENGAGED! As I look at the engagement ring and prepare to wear the wedding band, I recognize a complete circle with no break and no end or beginning, which means that it just goes on and on. I am reminded of the significance of eternity with the Lord. Jeremy and I are in awe of what the Lord has done to bring us to this place. We appreciate all of your well wishes and prayers! Please continue to lift us up as we seek to follow God’s perfect will and wisdom in this decision to be united. 

 

BAPTISM BUILDS BOLDNESS TO BROADCAST JESUS AS SAVIOR!

THE POWER OF COMMITMENT TO CHRIST IS REWARDED!

SUSIE MC

**Don’t forget that we are in the midst of our “At the Movies” Series at Church of the Highlands. We received a biblical perspective via Pastor Chris Hodges with flicks The Blindside and UP the past two weeks. There’s more ahead! Also, our new Theater opened, so come check it out. For a peak at one of our “At the Movies” promo clips see the following link. It’s hilarious! http://churchofthehighlands.com/atthemovies **

 

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