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richmond baptist church FROM THE PASTOR Last week I wrote about church membership (if you missed it you can head to richmond.org.au/church/ news to find it). This week and next I want to talk about two very important parts of our church life. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. At this church we believe that these activities are important for every believer and value their significance as symbols of new life in Christ and remembrance of his death. More on the Lord’s Supper next week. Baptism is a symbol filled with meaning and significance. In the act of baptism we are symbolically buried with Christ as we go under water, we are symbolically resurrected with Christ, as we come up out of the water. The act of baptism symbolises being washed clean, the old self being removed and receiving new life, a new life as a citizen of the kingdom of God. What a rich and wonderful symbol of what faith in Christ means. Here are some helpful verses to keep in mind as we think about Baptism: “Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of

Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2.38 And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins by calling on His name.’ Acts 22.16 Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16.15-16 As we consider what these verses (and others) say, we do right in arguing that the act of baptism cannot earn salvation, but why do the apostles give baptism such a prominent place in the gospel call? For the apostles, baptism is the public demonstration of belief in Jesus, a statement of of what Jesus had done, that he died and rose again and now God has buried and raised us with Him, through faith. Baptism and confessing or sharing faith in Jesus are closely linked. It is likely that Paul has this link in minds he wrote

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in Romans 10.9-10, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. one believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.” Baptism is the divinely appointed means by which men and women declare their repentance for sin and commitment to the kingdom of God. If we look at the pattern in Acts (2:41; 8:12, 36-38; 9:17-19;10:48; 16:15; 16:31-34) we can see that baptism happened very soon after conversion, if not immediately. But what if you’ve been a believer for a while and have never been baptised? Is it too late? Get baptised. It’s not too late. Getting baptised now does not discount the months or years that you have been a believer. Getting baptised now is an act of humility, you are saying I do not consider myself so highly that I need not get baptised. It is an act of following Jesus example, you are saying I want to follow the way of my Lord Jesus. It is an act of obedience, you are submitting to the teaching of the apostles in the Word of God. It is an act of mission, you are declaring to the world, I have been buried with Christ, I have been raised to new life and I live now as a citizen of God’s kingdom. If you would like to find out more about baptism, or want to get baptised, please talk to me about it. You can talk to me after the service, give me a call anytime or send me an email. Elliot


NOTICES –– Kids: We love kids and we hope to launch our brand new Sunday School program very soon. To do this we need to buy some resources, some toys and spend some money on training for our volunteers. To do this we need money. If you are interested in supporting this vital part of church family life speak to Pam, place an extra envelope marked ‘kids’ in the offering bags or give some extra money via direct debit. BSB: 704922 Account: 100006632 Reference: kids ˆˆ Autumn Clean Up: We need to make room for our kids to have somewhere to play and learn so on Saturday March 3rd we are having our Autumn Clean Up. If you have any furniture stored at the church we ask that you organise to have it moved elsewhere. Anything still around on the 3rd will be put in the skip. Come at 10am to help us sort, tidy, throw out and clean up. Fun for all ages and cleaning abilities ˆˆ Global Inspire is holding a Missions Information Day at Richmond Baptist Church, Saturday March 10th from 9:30 - 12. RSVP by March 5th by phone (8357 1755) or email (sa@globalinteraction.org.au) ˆˆ Church Lunch next week: we will be cooking hamburgers for lunch. Bring your favourite hamburger topping and a salad to share


SERMON NOTES

PRAYER REQUESTS –– Dan & Nat after a break-in this week –– Sarah and Rachel our expectant mums and their bubs

–– David & Cathy and FOCUS ministry with international students –– “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say Rejoice.”

richmond.org.au Mike Russell Pastor 0432 688 791 russell@internode.on.net

Elliot Keane Pastor 0408 180 284 elliot@richmond.org.au

Office 8352 8887


Newsletter - 26 February 2012