{Sunday Scripture} The Beauty in Baptism

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending onhim like a dove. And a voice came from heave: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11 NIV.

Today I had the pleasure of attending First Baptist Church in San Francisco where I witnessed the baptism of someone I know. I was extremely touched by her testimony and the public pronouncement of  her faith in Jesus Christ.

The baptisms were followed by an awesome sermon given by guest speaker, Bryant Wright. He talked very plainly and clearly about the purpose of baptism – it is obeying God’s commandment to all Christians who follow him. This simple statement has spoken to me immensely.

An equally as powerful teaching is that Jesus was baptized to give us, his fellowers a prophetic picture, of his life to come. His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Thus, baptism is a symbolic drama of what would happen to Jesus Christ. Jesus, who had no sin, identified with us as sinners, to show us the way.

Although I am only relaying a small part of his sermon, Pastor Wright preached a lot more on the value of baptism – many lessons I am still absorbing. This Sunday was a reminder of the beauty of Jesus and how He always, even in baptism, strived to identify with us to save us. He loves us that much.

Wishing you a Sunday evening full of peace, joy and restoration,
Hope

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God dwell in hearts

Praying That Christ Will Make His Home In Your Hearts

God dwell in hearts

“[A]nd I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love. Yes, may you come to know his love—although it can never be fully known—and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19 (GNT)

And this is my prayer,

-Hope

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Parable of the Talents

The Parable of Talents

Parable of the Talents

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This bible verse comes from a sermon I heard today at City Church of San Francisco. Simply, God gives us talents, resources, and money, which we should not waste. We should also realize that God is the reason we have anything at all. He is where all blessings – money, talents, skills – come from. Check out the entire bible verse from Matthew 25:14-30 (NRSV).

Wishing you a wonderful week,
Hope

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