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Tuesday, February 20 2018

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. —Philippians 2:14-

Ways to help walking in the Light and doing what’s right:

Be Careful What You Say

Be Careful How You Say It

Speak Good Words into Others Lives 

Respect and Praise God

Respect Others

Consider the Needs of Others

-care, compassion

Seek to do Good Things

Do Good Things for Others

Encourage people

Love people in a world full of hate

Become a Prayer Person

Read your Devotional

Worship God

Establish a reputation for doing good

Flee from sin and walk in blessings

Be Graceful

Show Humility

Seek Grace and Mercy

Give grace and mercy

Be Sincere

Ask for Forgiveness and Forgive others

Many Blessings to You

Posted by: Rev Phillip Gilbert AT 03:40 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, February 10 2018

A very highly debated topic is with regard to the subject or act of baptism and it’s relationship to Salvation. We all would agree it is mentioned throughout the Bible and often associated with the conversion experience. This further brings about the question, is it for the literal remission of sins or a symbolic representation of what Jesus Christ has already done.  We further would agree baptism is an act that represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The first point to make is that it is the blood of Jesus that was shed on the Cross that saves us. Anything but the blood of Jesus will not forgive our sins.  The Bible tells us that every ritual of the law and animal sacrifices that were made under the old covenant does not save us it only represented things to come. They were acts of obedience to God. In a similar way baptism represents what has already taken place that would have no significance except when associated with Faith. Good to first consider what Faith does. Romans 10 tells us that If we will believe in the Lord Jesus Christ with all of our heart, and shalt confess with their mouth and believe God raised Him from the dead, Thou Shalt be Saved. If a person did this in the absence of baptism, would they be saved? The scripture says so. In John chapter 3 we read that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but will have everlasting life. The same chapter says He that hath the Son has passed from death to life. Again, scripture is clear about the element of faith.

Keeping that in mind Acts 2:38 says Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins. On the surface one could claim that baptism is necessary for Salvation. However, the scriptures mentioned earlier seem to indicate not. So what happened during the conversions mentioned in Acts 2? Would it not stand to reason that it was the result of Faith. So then baptism is an outward expression of an inward conversion brought about by Faith that represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Should a person be Baptized, I believe yes, it is an act of obedience to our Lord, but such obedience is not what saves us.

Why do so many argue the subject just be baptized because Christ was and it is taught in scripture as a beautiful act that represents what the Lord has done for us by Grace.

While we are on the subject, Ephesians chapter 2 tells us we are saved by Grace through Faith not works. Sincere faith moves us to serve God and do what He commands us.

We should live our Salvation with joy based on what Christ has done. Nothing but the blood of Jesus can atone for our sins. All else is what we do in gratitude and service to God based on the the finished work of His Son.

Pastor Cedar Plains Christian Church Falkville, AL.

Posted by: Rev Phillip Gilbert AT 07:17 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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    Cedar Plains Christian Church
    930 Cedar Plains Road
    Falkville, AL 35622

    Pastor: (256) 232-8212

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