Baptism is an important part of conversion. But do we make it too important? We must be sure not to emphasize baptism more than the Bible does. Doing so makes it an idol and reduces it to a "divine dunking booth"!
God saved those who belonged to Noah from the flood. In the same way, He saves those who belong to Jesus from the coming judgment. How is Noah a preview of Jesus?
Jesus eats a Passover meal with His disciples the evening before His death. During the meal, He tells them to eat bread that is His body and drink wine that is His blood. And He gives the famous command, "Do this is remembrance of me." (You can read the full account of this meal in … Continue reading How to Remember Jesus When You Take the Lord’s Supper
Before Jesus begins His public ministry, He goes to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. This is an important but puzzling event. John's baptism is "a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Mark 1:4). But Jesus has no sins to repent from or be forgiven of. So why is He baptized? … Continue reading “This Is My Son”: Why Was Jesus Baptized?
As Christians, we tend to complicate things. We make our religion about church attendance, Bible versions, mode of baptism, frequency of communion, or manifestations of the Spirit and forget what's at the heart of it all: a relationship with God. To "become a Christian" means to begin a relationship with God; this is also the same … Continue reading How to Begin a Relationship with God