with a passion to worship God,
who care for one another
and bring God’s love into a broken world”
I continue my series on ‘New Beginnings’ with the focus on ‘baptism’. From three different angles I look at the meaning of baptism in the life of a Christian. Last week I spoke about baptism as the introduction to discipleship of Jesus; serving, learning and following Christ. In this message, I look at baptism in relationship to the freedom from the power of sin in order to live UP to God.
It’s Pentecost and the Church celebrates the outpouring of the holy Spirit – the wonderful gift of the Father! And in today’s message I would like to look in particular at the holy Spirit as a gift ‘to the world’ – working in and through us as you witness Jesus.We’re going to read from Acts chapter 1:1-8. These verses contain the very last words of Jesus before Jesus ascended to the Father. Whereas the gospels ends with Jesus’ last words, Acts opens with it. And whenever you’ve been with someone dying; the very last words are the words that you remember; they’re usually the most important words; the final things that the person wants to say before he breathes his last.
Celebration is at the heart of the practice of all the Spiritual disciplines. Without joy and celebration it will become a dead and dry thing to do. Joy creates energy. Joy makes us strong. Richard Foster explains why celebration is a spiritual discipline. He says ‘The choice to focus our attention to the higher things in life is a matter of our will. That is why celebration is a spiritual discipline.’ Celebration is the result of a conscious chosen way of life.
When an unbeliever, a friend, or someone close to you listens to you when you pray, what conclusions would they make about God? This morning Frank Tsiwah took us through the topic of prayer based on the two words "Our Father" from the Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9-15.
What does your prayer life look like? What language should you use when praying? How can we follow Jesus' example in how He prayed and lived UP to God? We looked at these and others questions on the topic of prayer as Maurits continued his series 'Going Deeper' on the practice of Spiritual Disciplines.