Baptism Sermon Outline

7-2-17 Baptism United as One Body Ephesians 4:1-6   Spirit Baptism– “I believe” in Jesus Christ Child of God through Faith in Jesus Galatians 3:26– for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.   Water Baptism– Act of Obedience to Matthew 28:19-20 Matthew 28:19-20– Therefore go and make disciples of all […]

Grow Strong

If you want to grow strong, you have to put forth effort. Getting stronger muscles requires lifting weights and strength training. You do not one day just wake up and say, “Be strong.” When it comes to life with Jesus, our faith walk requires a work out too. “Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as […]

Strong Vines

As I was trying to prepare the flower beds for Fall, I made yet another attempt to tear out the vines that are planted in many areas of my yard. These vines drive me crazy every time I take the effort to remove them. If you are not familiar with vines, you do not understand […]

It is Okay

My dog Max often has intense dreams that get his paws moving. Early this morning, I woke up when I heard him whimpering. I did what I always do; I said, “It’s okay Max. It’s okay.” That is usually enough to calm him down. My voice. It is a voice he knows well – the […]

Colossians Study: Men of Rules

Men of Rules [Colossians 2:16-23] Let no one steal your freedom (v. 16) Legalism = slavery/bondage à Christ accomplished the Law Spiritual elitism – believed if circumcised, watched diets, observed days – then elite Asceticism (self-denial and self-modification) – Christ does more than restrain—He puts new desire within a person Let no one disqualify or […]

Colossians Study: Foolish Philosophies

[Colossians 2:1-15] Fooled by fancy talk / persuasive speech / well-crafted arguments / enticing words / smooth rhetoric / nice-sounding words / wild-goose chase (v. 4) – speech adapted to persuade, speech to lead others into error “Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may SOUND WISE, but they are ONLY […]

The Do Nots

Rules and regulations are important and certainly needed. If we would not have rules, there would be no boundaries in the world. People could drive on any side of the road. There would be no need to stand in a line. These are only a few examples but it is easy to see things would […]

Conduct in Union

Being united means being joined together. Being united means that you share a common purpose. Again and again the Bible speaks of unity. We are to be united as brothers and sisters. We are to have unity in the church. We are to have unity in our families. We also are to be united with […]

Mislead and Delude

It is so easy to get persuaded into things. So often we can see some stats or fancy rhetoric and things start to look attractive. Beguiling speech gets the best of us. We are charmed into believing things after a few minutes of conversation. There are moments when one minute we are holding tight to […]

Continually Built Up

When you want to grow stronger or wiser, you have to put forth some effort. I have friends who are into strength training and body building. They are often at the gym. They have a particular diet. They take steps to ensure they are building their strength. When one wants to grow wise, they study—sometimes […]