Greetings Liberty family & friends
Join us for Cafe Liberty between 9:45 and 10:15 AM tomorrow as we gather for worship. What a pleasure it is to share in this time together, especially with those who are receiving water baptism and the friends and loved ones joining them as guests among us for this special service.
Also, for our annual church picnic plans next Sunday, the sign-up sheet on the Connections table helps coordinators plan for the meal. Meat for the grill and all the bread, condiments and paper products are provided here – we invite friends to bring a side dish, dessert, salad, chips or any combination of those. Check it out and let us know what you would like to bring for the cookout. Make this feast of fellowship your own on August 27th as we wrap up this busy summer season with delicious food, fellowship, and lots of splashy fun with the water slide and outdoor games. [Bring a lawn chair along and towels and change of clothes – water slide is ideal for family fun]
We’re delighted tomorrow to share the joy of those being baptized that links up personal faith in the Lord Jesus with the living witness that the Lord puts in each of our lives.
Throughout the Gospels and the Book of Acts, the call to make disciples included public acts of testimony that ignited faith and compassion in the lives of worshipers.
In the Great Commission, Jesus placed the experience of baptism in the leading role of all those “steps of faith”!
By sending His apostles into the vast unknown to “make disciples among the nations” the Lord ordained the phenomenal spread of His good news of salvation with a visible symbol that is equally powerful for young and old, throughout the world.
We celebrate the powerful gift of our risen Savior, not only as a personal witness to His love but as a sign of the true character of the Body of Christ.
Baptism is much more than an individual expression of the worshiper having received Jesus as Lord of his or her heart. Baptism also signals a new relationship of partnership among all the redeemed in Christ Jesus. The living truth of the Body of Christ includes this fact: True Christians are all connected in the bond of redeemed unity that identifies each worshiper as a member of the Body of Christ. We share in the calling of “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5)
These powerful truths run deeply in the very fabric of the New Testament. When Paul, for example, writes to new believers to help them tap into the full freedom of being born again, he points to baptism as the symbol of this powerful (but invisible) truth: “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27)
One of the ways, also, that baptism day gives us a strong bond of connection with fellow worshipers is in the anchor it places in our memories. This once-in-a-lifetime bold step of faith is always there as a reminder of belonging to the Lord Jesus as a redeemed disciple. It stands as the testimony of one’s heart in the priceless redeeming work of the Lord Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection.
Through the waters of baptism, each of us personally illustrate the great declaration of Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me!”
Joining new believers we give thanks for the priceless gift of the new birth each of them has received and for the Body of Christ into which each is now a living member.
Have a beautiful weekend and let us know how we can serve you, share in your journey and lift you in prayer as we gather together “unto Him.”
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