The Inside Column 22/11

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Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

Today is a special day for some of our church members – after church this morning we will be heading down to Tahunanui Beach for a picnic (from around 11.30am) and then we will be
baptising four of our church members.

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”

– Matthew 28:19–20

Baptism was practiced before the founding of the church. John the Baptist used baptism to prepare the way of the Lord, requiring everyone to be baptised because everyone

needs repentance.

It is through Baptism that a person is admitted into the fellowship of the church. When we are saved, we are “baptised” by the Spirit into the Body of Christ, which is the church. Christian baptism is the means by which a person makes a public profession of faith and discipleship. In the waters of baptism, a person says, wordlessly, “I confess faith in Christ; Jesus has cleansed my soul from sin, and I now have a new life in Christ”. Put  simply, baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life.

In Acts 8 Philip speaks “the good news about Jesus” to the Ethiopian eunuch, and, “as they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptised?’”. Right away, they stopped the chariot, and Philip baptised the man.

If you have not been baptised and would like to be it’s not too late, come and speak with me or Jonathan today.

Today you will also see we are launching our church camp convergence. This is a Diocese church camp we help to run at Bethany Park at Kaiteriteri Beach and one of the highlights of the year for us as a church family. The dates are Friday 19 February to Sunday 21 February.

I would love to encourage everyone to make the effort of coming to camp; it really is a great way to start the year. For more information pick up a brochure from the Foyer.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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