DEVOTION: Matthew 3:13-17English Standard Version (ESV)
The Baptism of Jesus
I could go a million different directions with this passage, but I only want to explain very quickly what this historical and real baptism means for you and me.
When Jesus was baptized he ushered in baptism for all of humanity. He gave it greater significance. He gave it power, so that when I person gets baptized with the Trinitarian baptism (In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), it baptizes us not just into their names but into them. We take them on! They enter us, live in us, guide us, and make us holy! As Paul says, "It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me."
So the next time you are questioning your salvation and your freedom in Christ, ask yourself two things: Do I believe in Christ death and resurrection for me? And….. Am I baptized? If you can answer yes to these questions you are most certainly saved! Live in peace! Live in His grace! Go and sin no more!!
(Note: If you're reading this and you're not baptized, please call, message or come to see me! I would be more than happy to talk to you about it, and get it done!)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of baptism which washes my sins away and fills me with you. Help me to remember it every day so I can live in spiritual peace every day. Amen.
Thurs- Alzheimers support group 1pm; Lutheranism 101 6:30-7:30pm; Karate 5:15-7:30
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and Adult Bible class 9:45; Take down decorations noon
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Dawn Sherman; 11- Luke Rausch
Ushers- Dave Callies, Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Don Nolte
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster; Clean Up- Wanda Turnure
Elders- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Jason CLuver; 11- Randy Sweet
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Randy and Patty Sweet
Lay Readers- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Derek Ebert; 11- Randy Sweet
Piano- Barb Dreyer