What Does Baptism Mean?

September 18, 2016 The church has been given the Great Commission. According to this passage, it is to make disciples by going, baptizing, and teaching. The church is to go into the world to find people and make them disciples. By baptizing them, the church is including people from all nations who have been made Christian, either by faith or by birth, and accepting them into the covenant community. Then the church is to train and encourage the disciples by teaching them everything that Jesus has commanded. We will look today at what God says to us in baptism, but first, what is a good definition of marriage? You might give any number of answers, but the two Christian answers are: 1.) “A

Spiritual Warfare: Taking the Sword of the Spirit

Ephesians 6:17 We are not alone in Spiritual Warfare. It’s not me against Satan but Jesus against Satan. As I stand in the Armor of God, I am actually standing in Jesus. Each piece of armor that we have studied so far is actually, ultimately Jesus. The Belt of Truth is Jesus because Jesus is the Truth. The Breastplate of Righteousness is Jesus because Jesus is our righteousness. Shoes of the Gospel of Peace are Jesus, because Jesus is our peace. The Shield of Faith is Jesus because faith is only as good as its object, and our faith is in Jesus Christ. The Helmet of Salvation is Jesus because Jesus is the one who saves us. Today we turn to the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of

Spiritual Warfare: The Helmet of Salvation

Ephesians 6:17 Spiritual Warfare engages us in battle against the enemy and against our own sin. In this warfare, the evil one seeks to dispirit or discourage us. He tries to intimidate and undermine our confidence and courage. He wants us to fear what might happen, to convince us that resistance is futile so we might just as well give up. We fight against discouragement by clinging to our hope, firm and steadfast. We must know our salvation and rest in that final certainty. Victory comes with the confidence that in Christ, we cannot lose. A Roman soldier’s helmet protected his head. Translating this to our Spiritual Warfare, the Helmet of Salvation protects our minds, which is where

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