Living ‘in-Christ’ (1)

Bible Readings Ephesians 5:1-10Colossians 3:1-12 Introduction Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, Our topic for this morning is United with Christ—living ‘in-Christ’.  This is the first in a short series of three sermons This sermon is the next in a series from the letter of Paul to the church in Colossae which … Continue reading Living ‘in-Christ’ (1)

God’s act of salvation: God’s covenant

General  In Biblical times, following a war, the nations that were involved drew up covenants (or agreements) which stipulated the conditions and obligations of both the victorious and the defeated armies.  These covenants were not pacts in which both parties contributed to the agreement on equal grounds.  The victorious king set the rules, while the … Continue reading God’s act of salvation: God’s covenant

Baptism: Sign and seal of God’s grace in Jesus Christ

Declared mercy Scripture Readings Acts 8:26-40 Colossians 2:8-15 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, when it comes to grace and salvation, there is sometimes this sinful appreciation of the self. Captain George Von Trapp in the Sound of Music, finds in Maria, the governess, his new love.  The two of them sing a song, Something … Continue reading Baptism: Sign and seal of God’s grace in Jesus Christ

What is a sacrament?

Definition In secular world:  Something that binds or brings under obligations In the Bible:  An ordinance instituted by God representing the work of Christ 1.  In Protestant Churches only two Baptism Communion 2.  God instituted sacraments to accompany the Word they have no meaning apart from the message of Jesus Christ visible “pictures” of Christ’s … Continue reading What is a sacrament?