|preached||September 30, 2012|
|added||May 1, 2013|
As we look through the book of Acts, we see that as Jesus' followers obeyed the Lord's command to make disciples of all nations, people believed in in the Lord Jesus and were baptized without delay. Baptism portrays in a visible way what Christ has performed for us, and it is a tangible sign of our commitment to following him. Why, then, would a Christian hesitate to be baptized?
|preached||May 20, 1984|
|added||September 17, 2011|
|topics||Baptism, Forgiveness, Jesus Christ|
What is circumcision? Do you have uncircumcised lips and ears? Paul reminds the Colossian church that circumcision is performed by Christ, not by man and explains what baptism means. After coming to faith, believers are baptized as a symbol of one dying with Christ. The old has gone and the new has come and we have freedom in Christ. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, as Jesus came and fulfilled the Law and turned the cross into a picture of triumph as the final destruction of evil.
|added||July 31, 2011|
|topics||Baptism, Faith, Jesus Christ, Obeying God, Salvation|
Jesus asked Peter three times “Do you love me?” Today before we can answer the question, we must understand the definition of loving Jesus. Believing in God or being religious does not make one a Christian. So how do we know if we truly love Jesus? Jesus provides a self- examination into our hearts based on personal relationship and obedience to our Saviors commands. Do you love the Lord Jesus?
|added||February 1, 2007|
|topics||Baptism, The Church, Evangelism, Prayer, Worship|
What makes a church effective? Is it having a functional building, excellent worship music, a vibrant youth program or a teaching ministry? Our answers may vary, but the burgeoning church in the book of Acts clearly provides us with seven elements to which every church should strive. These marks include: The Apostle’s Teaching, Fellowship, The Sacraments, Prayer, Mutual Care, Worship, and Continuous Evangelism. No church will ever master all of these elements, but they should be the marks to which church leaders are guiding their people. Is your church on the right course? If your searching for church in which ...
|added||January 1, 2002|
|topics||Baptism, Church Leadership, The Church, Evangelism, The Lord's Supper, Worship|
Who or what is the church? Some might think there are more pressing issues to address in today’s world, but there’s no question that the word ‘church’ conjures up all kinds of images. Indeed it is a word which is very often misunderstood. Many believe it to relate simply to a building, or perhaps to a certain group of people identifying themselves as members of the clergy. Some view the church as an object of mistrust, a place of hypocrisy, or perhaps just as a place for old ladies or those who like to sing in choirs - in other ...
|preached||November 2, 1997|
|added||November 2, 1997|
Observing communion and baptism are biblical instructions that believers are obligated to obey. The breaking of bread was instituted by Christ and therefore is not optional. Observing the sacraments is a testament to what God, through Christ, has accomplished in our lives. The sacraments are a visible portrayal of redemption and a means through which we are strengthened.
|preached||February 21, 1993|
|added||February 21, 1993|
What does it mean to be baptized? Who should be baptized? Who should not be baptized? Alistair answers these questions and instructs all who profess faith in Christ to be baptized. It is in baptism that new believers symbolically convey their union with Christ. It is not just a casual affair or a formality, but an expression that the believer’s life is changed and forever belongs Christ.