Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Mark 1:1–1:11, Mark 1:14–1:15, Romans 6:3–6:4, Matthew 28:19–28:20
Longing for Hope
Politics can be so appealing because they speak to our greatest hopes, our deepest fears, and our biggest frustrations. This has always been the case--that's why people look to the power of politics and government to bring about change that will make our lives better. It's true today and it was true back in the first century during the time of Jesus Christ, who came to speak of a greater hope.
Mark 1:1-11 NIV
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"— "a voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'" And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: "After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
Mark 1:14-15 NIV
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!"
Romans 6:3-4 NIV
Or don't you know that 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.
Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Baptism = "I identify with Jesus"
The Bible teaches that baptism doesn’t make you a Christian, but it does tell the world that you are one. Baptism proclaims that you identify with Jesus.
Baptism Service and Classes
On Sunday, April 10th, we’ll have a special Baptism worship service, where we’ll celebrate with fellow believers in Jesus Christ who are publicly proclaiming their faith in Him through believers’ baptism. Before then, we are offering two options for our baptism class—Friday evening, March 18 (6:00-8:30pm), or Saturday morning, March 19 (9:00-11:30am). The purpose of the class is to address questions, fears, and confusion people have about baptism. Going to the class doesn’t obligate you to being baptized, but it will help you learn more about it in a biblical and informative way. You can sign up for the class at the Adult Ministries desk in the lobby. You can also go to our website and register online.
Next week as we approach Easter, we’ll begin a new series entitled "The Last Days of Jesus." We’ll look at snapshots from the final hours in the life of Jesus and their significance to our lives today. Pastor Dan will kick off the series by walking us through Jesus’ parting moments with His disciples... Also don't forget the time change!