What a tremendous day of gathering with God's people was had this past Sunday when the First Baptist Church in Elsberry assembled. The Word was read and preached, God's praises were sung, we observed the Lord's Supper, and one of our elders had the honor of baptizing his believing daughter as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Baptism is both a vertical and horizontal act. Vertically, baptism is "an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:21). In baptism a sinner is visibly calling out to God for the forgiveness of sins and gift of eternal life that Gospel offers all who repent and believe. The Bible doesn't tell us to walk an aisle, fill out a commitment card, or pray a sinner's prayer. It does command us to be baptized though (Acts 2:38). Horizontally, baptism is assuming a new identity as one of God's people as well as a commitment in front of others to be a disciple of Jesus, both learning and obeying all that He's commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).
Watch the video below to hear more from Pastor Greg.
Our sermon was a continuation of our series in 1 Corinthians looking at part three of what happens when the church is gathered as we finished up with chapter 14. Take a listen!
Click this link to take a look at our worship bulletin from last week as well.