Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Who Understands What We Do?

Baptism Weekend at the LCBC Campuses!!!

Psalm 33:1-9, 13-15
1 Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord ;
it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
3 Sing a new song of praise to him;
play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
4 For the word of the Lord holds true,
and we can trust everything he does.
5 He loves whatever is just and good;
the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

6 The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
7 He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
8 Let the whole world fear the Lord ,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
9 For when he spoke, the world began!
It appeared at his command.

13 The Lord looks down from heaven
and sees the whole human race.
14 From his throne he observes
all who live on the earth.
15 He made their hearts,
so he understands everything they do.

This weekend people on every campus are making a public declaration of their intention to follow God and look to Jesus as their savior. Thru baptism an incredible thing happens as we symbolically shed our old nature and come out of the water with our sin no longer being the truest part of who we are. We are now saying to our community that we chose to be defined by Christ’s salvation in us. Does this mean that, thru our own actions, we are the ones doing the changing in our own hearts? No, it’s still the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us. Even when we try to make choices that honor our commitment to follow Jesus we still do things that are inconsistent with that decision. But we continue to follow with confidence knowing that He made our hearts and understands everything we do.

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