Good News Bearers

    Humans demonstrate a strange mixture of fascination with death, a fondness for pictures, and a passion for life.

    The sheriff’s office of Chicago County, Minnesota put out bulletins urging motorists to stop pulling over on the side of the road and taking selfies with their cell phones next to a dead bear. The “bad news bear” was subjected to other strangeness on Highway 8 by people stopping and trying to perform CPR on him! Ugh!

    Believers are “in Christ,” not resuscitated but resurrected. Paul told the Corinthians that he was “one untimely born,” (1 Corinthians 15:8) a word meaning that he was spiritually aborted, a dead fetus. When he met Christ on the road to Damascus, he was Satan’s roadkill, yet he was forgiven and given life. “The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you...and will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). Good news is for all who receive it.

    This resurrection is particularly pictured in believer’s baptism in water as we are immersed symbolically before other believers: “We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” This very phrase is usually repeated by one of us pastors, as with uplifted hand we are obeying in the name of “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Water baptism is not a selfie, just for our own sake, but is a symbolic picture to the world.

    “Those who received his word were baptized” (Acts 2:41). A number will be baptized hopefully at the beach this weekend at 1:30 p.m. At this unique worship service, we picture life out of death and how we have “been united with Christ”
    (Romans 6:5). Don’t put it off, but get it done. Speak to one of our pastors if you desire to follow Christ in the baptism time after making a personal profession of faith in Him. It is one of ministry’s most joyful experiences, as in the beauty of God’s creation,
    we proclaim Jesus’ Lordship. After all, “It bears repeating!”

     

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