It was incredibly encouraging witnessing eight people get baptized on Sunday. Their testimonies pointed to God's saving power that has been at work in their lives. The differing circumstances and ages reflected the fact that God works in his way and at his time. As we reflect on what we witnessed on Sunday, we should be encouraged by what God is doing in the lives of his children and challenged to come alongside those who were baptized to help them grow in their faith.
Though the audio from Sunday's service is not posted on the website, if you missed the service you can listen to it here.
PREPARING TO HEAR
We will return to Colossians this Sunday and JD will cover 2:11-15. From the previous verses, we saw that Christ is sufficient for all our needs. These verses tell us how. We will see a big view of Jesus and the work he did for us on the cross. To prepare for this Sunday's message, read the above passage and think about the following questions:
- What is the connection between circumcision and baptism in verses 11-12?
- What metaphors are used for salvation in this passage?
- What does it mean that Jesus disarmed and triumphed over the rulers and authorities (vs. 15)?
Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he leads the service, and for all those being baptized. Pray those sharing their testimony of salvation would not be nervous and would give glory to God as they share of his work. Pray that the Holy Spirit would work in the hearts of all who hear and that he would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.
PREPARING TO PARTICIPATE
This Sunday we also have the privilege to participate in the Lord's Supper. Take some time this week to think of Jesus' death in light of his incarnation. Jesus came as a baby to live and die for sinners. At the Lord's Supper we remember his sacrifice and rejoice in his love for us. Prepare yourself to partake of the elements with a right mindset and in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-28)
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.
Order of Worship