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Romans 8:1-11 ”No Condemnation”

Main Idea: Believers Live The Spiritual Life

 

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering,, in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. Now the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. The mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. 10 Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:1–11 (CSB)

 

v1-4 Because Believers Are Forgiven & Free
v5-8 Because Believers Think on Spiritual Things
v9-11 Because Believers Live In The Spirit

Jesus Is MORE!

December 31, 2017 — Leave a comment

After Christmas, the excitement slows down and it can leave you wanting MORE out of life. Many determine to have MORE through New Year’s resolutions to be better. But John has news for us, there is only one way to get MORE from this life.

Join us as we see how John answers this idea by showing us how Jesus is MORE! Continue Reading…

The Christmas season can be a confusing time. Many look to the season to celebrate a child born in a manger and assume he was born to clean up our messes. But God was doing so much more!

Join us as we see how John answers this idea by showing us how Jesus is More Than a Plan B!

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if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV)

Here in Jewett, we have recently been experiencing a time of Spiritual Awakening. Over the last 6 weeks or so we have seen many begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and follow through with baptism, we have seen some accept a call to vocational ministry, and we have seen several join the church body. This time of renewal has been simply awesome as we have seen God do great things through the lives of His people.

As I am here reflecting on this time of harvest, I cant help but think that this must be a small glimpse of what the early church experienced in Acts. Obviously we are not seeing the thousands added to our number like they were.  But the Spirit of the Lord is moving for sure. The whole thing is AWESOME!

That is why I am writing this blog after neglecting this website for so long. I am PUMPED for what God has done and what He is doing!

And I want to plead with you to seek the Lord for Spiritual Awakening in your church family. I know that there are many who are constantly praying for the Lord to bring awakening and I want everyone to join them. The Lord promises through His Word that He will hear and answer. We can trust that He is faithful to His promises.

Therefore, let us pray for the Lord to move greatly and for many to come to a saving relationship in Jesus Christ.

 

 

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Baptism – What We Believe and Why?

I was thinking through the ordinance of Baptism the other day and collected a few thoughts that may be helpful.

Where is Baptism Found in the Bible? 

  • All Over The New Testament
  • Romans 6:4-5 = the Foundation for Baptism (Where Theology Merges with Methodology)

What is Baptism?

  • Baptism is a symbol of our faithBaptism is a symbol of Spiritual Rebirth = Matt 3:11; John 3:3-8
    • 1 Peter 3:18-22 = Baptism is a symbol of our faith in Christ as the person to save us from God’s judgment for sin through faith, as Noah obeyed God’s plan for his salvation in faith to avoid God’s judgment for sin

What is Baptism Not?

  • Baptism is Not a Sacrament (means of grace)
    • But is an Ordinance (command of Christ)
    • Matt 3:13If Baptism is a means of Grace, why was Christ baptized when He is the author of grace?
  • Baptism is Not a covenant with God
    • Salvation comes by an individuals faith, not a covenant
  • Baptism is Not a means for Spiritual Gifts
    • Acts 19:1-7 = The Spirit and the gifts came on these believers only after they believed Christ and were baptized in His name

Who Should Be Baptized?

  • Only those who believe = Acts 2:38-41; 8:12; 8:34-40

What if I was baptized but I did not believe?

  • You should be baptized as a believer = Acts 19:1-7

What does Baptism do for believers?

  • Makes them a part of the body of Christ = 1 Corinthians 12:13
  • Gives them equality before God in Christ = Galatians 3:23-29
  • Unifies them in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection = Colossians 2:10-14

What does baptism do for those after death?

  • Nothing Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:29-31 

If you have a question or thought, Post it in the comments.

As I heard this song on the radio this morning, I was reminded of how important it is to seek the Lord for vision. I know that through our days it can often times become routine to the point where we get in a rythmn of life and we rely less and less on the Lord through prayer. It is not until we come back into trouble that we shift our focus back to the Lord for guidance. I would like to encourage you to read through the lyrics of this song and be reminded of the guidance the Lord will give if we simply ask Him and seek His face.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
 
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
 
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
 
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
 
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
 

Be Thou My Vision – Ascend the Hill (Acoustic Cover)

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011 — Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

As we gather today for the celebration of the Birth of Jesus, let us meditate on who He was and what He came to do as well as His miraculous birth. May you and your family be blessed this Christmas day.

[1:1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. [4] In him was life, and the life was the light of men. [5] The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
[6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. [7] He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. [8] He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
[9] The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. [10] He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. [11] He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. [12] But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
[14] And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. [15] (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) [16] For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. [17] For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. [18] No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
[19] And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” [20] He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” [21] And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” [22] So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” [23] He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
[24] (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) [25] They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” [26] John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, [27] even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” [28] These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
[29] The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! [30] This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ [31] I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” [32] And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. [33] I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ [34] And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:1-34 ESV)