BAPTISM: A ONE-TIME EVENT AND A CONSTANT REMINDER

“Buried with Christ in death; raised to walk in newness of life.”

Many of us have either had this familiar mantra spoken directly to us, or have been around church (especially Baptist churches) long enough to hear it spoken over others. But unfortunately, time and familiarity can erode the effect such a powerful truth can have on our hearts.

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THE CHURCH IS FULL OF MESSED UP PEOPLE — AND WE SHOULD LOVE IT

Have you ever wondered if the perfect church is out there?

Maybe you’ve tried a few different ones looking for it. Like a beautiful mythical creature, somewhere hides this unicorn church that always does everything right, believes everything right, and all the people are friendly, holy, and happy. Maybe you think you’ve found it. If you think you have, just wait; you simply haven’t been there long enough — like more than five minutes.

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THOSE THREE LITTLE WORDS WE ALL HATE TO HEAR

“We need volunteers.”

When you hear those words, if you can’t wait to respond—you’re an anomaly and this isn’t for you. The rest of us, though, typically don’t like volunteering. We cringe when we hear those three little words. Our minds go to our calendars first because that’s the easy way out. “What do I already have that day,” we ask ourselves as we search for an excuse. Once we realize the calendar is clear, we’ll settle for anything! “That’s not really my thing.” “I’ve had a long week so I’m just going to rest.” Or the best one, “God hasn’t called me to do that.”

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