Jun 12, 2016
The Reformed View of Baptism
Acts 2:38-39 and others • sermon notes below
 
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Should infants be baptized? The Bible implies, and history confirms, that children were baptized as an expression of God’s Covenant Promises.
- God’s covenant is not with individuals in isolation, but with families.
- The practice of infant baptism was nearly universal in the early church.

Does baptism save us? No, we are saved as we trust in Jesus to forgive us and give us new birth by the Spirit; baptism is a sign and seal of Christ’s saving work.

Are those who die in infancy saved? We believe that children who have not rejected Christ are saved.

What responsibility does infant baptism place upon parents? We must embrace God’s promise for our children, raising them in homes full of faith and truth.

What response does infant baptism call for from our children? Baptism testifies that the Spirit is at work in our children; they must respond to God’s work by putting their trust in Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

Our Response: Let us embrace the promised work of the Holy Spirit proclaimed in our children’s baptism, and together raise them in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Life Application Questions
- Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is working in your children right now, and do you watch for and encourage what God is doing in their lives?
- How is God prompting you to express your faith to your children? (Bible reading, family prayers, talking about the sermon, asking about Sunday school)
- How might God be prompting you to participate in raising the children of our congregation in the training and instruction of the Lord?

Today’s Songs
My One Comfort
10,000 Reasons
How He Loves
It Is Well
Rejoice
Be Thou My Vision
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  • Jun 12, 2016The Reformed View of Baptism
    Jun 12, 2016
    The Reformed View of Baptism
    Acts 2:38-39 and others • sermon notes below
     
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    Should infants be baptized? The Bible implies, and history confirms, that children were baptized as an expression of God’s Covenant Promises.
    - God’s covenant is not with individuals in isolation, but with families.
    - The practice of infant baptism was nearly universal in the early church.

    Does baptism save us? No, we are saved as we trust in Jesus to forgive us and give us new birth by the Spirit; baptism is a sign and seal of Christ’s saving work.

    Are those who die in infancy saved? We believe that children who have not rejected Christ are saved.

    What responsibility does infant baptism place upon parents? We must embrace God’s promise for our children, raising them in homes full of faith and truth.

    What response does infant baptism call for from our children? Baptism testifies that the Spirit is at work in our children; they must respond to God’s work by putting their trust in Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

    Our Response: Let us embrace the promised work of the Holy Spirit proclaimed in our children’s baptism, and together raise them in the training and instruction of the Lord.

    Life Application Questions
    - Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is working in your children right now, and do you watch for and encourage what God is doing in their lives?
    - How is God prompting you to express your faith to your children? (Bible reading, family prayers, talking about the sermon, asking about Sunday school)
    - How might God be prompting you to participate in raising the children of our congregation in the training and instruction of the Lord?

    Today’s Songs
    My One Comfort
    10,000 Reasons
    How He Loves
    It Is Well
    Rejoice
    Be Thou My Vision
  • Jun 5, 2016Baptism
    Jun 5, 2016
    Baptism
    Acts 2:38-39 and others • sermon notes below
     
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    Why do we baptize? Because the Bible commands us to baptize as an expression of our faith in Christ. What is baptism? Baptism is an outward expression of inward grace – the saving and transforming work of the Holy Spirit. - Baptism proclaims that our sins have been washed away. - Baptism proclaims that we have been raised to new life in Christ. - Baptism proclaims that we are included in Christ and in his New Covenant Community. Our Response: Embrace the biblical truths proclaimed in baptism: your sins are washed away, you are a new creation in Christ, and you are enfolded into God’s family! Life Application Questions - Have you put your faith in Jesus to wash your sins away and give you new life? If in doubt, make that decision today! - Have you professed your faith through baptism and through public testimony? If not, talk to me or an Elder or mature believer. - Who do you know that needs to receive the saving work of Jesus in his or her life? What is God challenging you to do to help them take a step closer to God? - Which of God’s promises expressed in your baptism do you need to embrace today? Today’s Songs Blessed Be Your Name How Great Is Our God How Great Thou Art You Never Let Go Lead Me To The Cross
  • May 29, 2016The Lord’s Supper
    May 29, 2016
    The Lord’s Supper
    1 Corinthians 11:17-34 • sermon notes below
     
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    Jesus himself instituted the Lord’s Supper
    - Jesus commanded us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    - The early church celebrated the Lord’s Supper weekly as a full meal.
    - Christ is spiritually present in the bread and cup.

    The Lord’s Supper looks to the past, the present, and the future.
    - Contemplate the Past - Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension.
    - Celebrate the Present - Christ’s presence, people, and power.
    - Anticipate the Future - the wedding feast.

    We come to the Lord’s Supper as one body.

    The Lord is present and nourishes us at the Table.

    The Lord’s Supper is for all who believe in Jesus.
    - Imperfect people can come!
    - Young children can come!

    Our Response: Our Lord invites all who trust in him to come to his Table so that he might nourish our souls, strengthen our faith, and remind us of his amazing grace.

    Life Application Questions
    - Do you come to the Lord’s Table in faith, expecting to be nourished and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit?
    - As you partake, do you discern and honor the people who belong to the body of Christ? What person or group of people might you exclude in your heart?
    - What can you do this week to help your children come to a deeper understanding of the Lord’s Table? How can you prepare your own heart this week to receive next week?

    Today’s Songs
    Rejoice
    This Is Amazing Grace
    Before the Throne of God Above
    Rock of Ages
    How Deep the Father’s Love For Us