April 23, 2019

A New You in Christ - Acts 2:37-41

"A little girl that day as she received the grace, the love, the complete peace of God. She just received the peace of God in her heart. A few nights later, we were doing our youth rally called K-Life. And she said, "I want to get baptized. When can you do it?" And I said, "right now.""

Family Discussions:

  1. If you've been baptized tell everybody that's in your family, what that experience was like for you.
  2. If someone asks you to explain baptism to them, what would you say?
  3. Why are the words repent and be baptized often linked together?
  4. In the Greek language, the Greeks use the word Baptiso for baptism which meant the dying of a garment where they would baptize or Baptiso a white garment into the red dye and the garment would come out red to taking on the properties of the dye. What does this insight give you into the baptism of you Christ?

Transcription:

00:13 Hey, I want to tell you about the best night of my life over the last 365 days. It's a night I will never forget as long as I live. But first I want to read you Acts Chapter two in verse 37 through 41 and it says this, "Now, when they heard this, they were pierced to their heart and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, brethren, what shall we do? Peter said to them, repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you'll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the promise is for you and your children. And for all who are far off as many as the Lord God will call to himself. And with many other words, he solemnly testified and kept exhorting them, saying, be saved from this perverse generation.

01:05 So then those who received his word were baptized and they were added that day, about 3000 souls." Best Day of the year for me, um, this precious girl at our sports Kamps at Kanakuk. Uh, she was a ninth grader. She was a virgin. She had been raped by a senior and worse than that, um, um, he told a whole lot of his friends about it and it had just broken her little heart. It had wrecked her world. But, um, but there at Kamp, she and her counselor. And I, uh, you know, did some counseling. That precious girl allowed Christ to fill that broken place in her heart. And, and I saw literally, I saw this girl come alive. It was a second Corinthians chapter five verse 21 where it says that Christ became our rape. He became our brokenness. He became our sin. Whatever it was, he became our pain so that we might become the righteousness of Christ.

02:06 And that little girl that day as she received the grace, the love, the complete peace of God. Although she was totally a victim, it wasn't her fault at all. Um, but she just received the peace of God in her heart. A few nights later, we were doing our, our youth rally called K-Life. And, and she said, I want to get baptized. When can you do it? And I said, right now. And, and so she grabbed her counselor and we jumped on a four wheeler road down the hill and waited out to Table Rock Lake. Uh, because that girl wanted to be baptized for her, for her newly found faith in Christ. And, and you know what? The night was dark, but there were stars all over the sky and she and her counselor, and I were standing there in waist deep water. And, um, this is a true story.

02:51 As dark as the sky was just before I baptize that precious girl, the moon, and I'm talking about the most beautiful, full orange moon you ever in your life lifted out of the trees on that little Ozark mountain side that made the lake that we were standing in and the moon and the moon. We just stood there and watched the moon rise and the reflection of the moonlight just glittered on the water and danced on her face. It was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen in my life. Y'All, when a believer, you know, gives, gives his heart to Christ. You know that believer's baptize in the name of Jesus and, and you know what all over the world today, in fact, our missionary friends tell us that 176,000 at least new believers in Christ are baptized in some pool, some pond, some lake, some river, some church in this world, every single day.

03:45 You know, we're, we're baptized because Jesus asks us to be baptized. We're baptized in water as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, baptizing our heart into Christ. Cause when you're baptized into Christ, you're placed into the family of God. It's like in the water. The old you dies and everything that you were, stays in the water. It's like the water washes your sins. And when you come out of the water, it represents your new life in Christ. You know, if you've never been baptized in Christ, then men, you know, go to your pastor and get him to do that with you. But if you have go back to that day and live like you're walking with the full moon shining. Man, the moon is rising on your life today. And the reminder of God's reflection of his beauty is everywhere inside of you. You're the bride of Christ. You've been baptized into that.

04:41 Here's my question is for you today. Hey, if you've been baptized tell everybody that's in your family, what that experience was like for you. And if, if, if someone asks you to explain baptism to them, what would you say? And, and then this, why are the words repent and be baptized often linked together. This is a great question and repent and be baptized. Why? Why are those words often linked together? And, and, and then, and then in, in the Greek language, the Greeks use the word Baptiso for baptism, which, which meant the dying of a garment where they would baptize or Baptiso a white garment into the red dye and the garment would come out red to taking on the properties of the dye. What does this insight give you into the baptism of you Christ? And then the lifeline is this, uh, you know, there may be somebody in your family or in your world, still is not been baptized. Uh, pray about it. Kind of set a date with your pastor and then your whole family can join the event.

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