BLOG – A Simple Way to Help Your Self-quarantining Neighbors

Loving God and Loving People are not optional even during an epidemic,

BUT HOW?

Many of you are looking for ways to help your neighbors and friends during this time. If you are still willing to run errands for people you could post it on your neighborhood social media page. You could take prayer requests on the same page. Perhaps you could circulate a card like this on mailboxes with your name and contact information.

Other ways to help:

  • Offer to babysit for friends or family who must still work.
  • Buy gift cards to small businesses trading cash now for services later.
  • Pray. Pray. Pray.

An Introduction to Baptism – An Outline

I'm preparing to counsel another family before the Baptism of their children, and so I figured I'd share on here the three documents I give every family I counsel. Baptism is one of 2 sacraments (The Lord's Supper is the other). For something to be a sacrament, it must have been instituted and commanded by Jesus in the Scriptures. Many other practices are beneficial, but these two actions are special, and visualize the gospel in a unique way. 

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An Intro to Baptism – An Outline of Scripture

This document traces what the Scriptures say about Baptism and boils it down to three main points about water. 

1.) We use water for washing - so in baptism we celebrate that all our sin has been washed away by the blood of Jesus. 
2.) We use water for burial (either to prepare or burial at sea) - so in baptism we celebrate that we have died with Christ and been raised to new life. We are new creatures, the old is gone and the new has come. 
3.) Water breaks during childbirth - We are reborn or born again when we put our faith in Jesus, and when a baby is born they become part of a new family connected to people they did not choose. So too in baptism we are made part of God's family the church, called to love these people as family. 

Baptism – An Intro

Baptism by Francis Schaeffer

This document helps explain and reproof mainly commonly held misconceptions about infant baptism. Francis Schaeffer, one of the leading evangelical preachers of the last 100 years, argues that Infant Baptism is Biblical.  I find it especially important for families who grew up in churches that believe baptism is only for believing adults and by total immersion. 

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The Baptism Service Outline

Lastly, I give each family a copy of a Baptism Service, so they can see the questions they will be asked and answered. 

Baptism of __________

SERMON: The Way of Jesus – I am called to FISH

 

The Way of Jesus: I am called to FISH - Making More and Better Disciples

Pastor Andrew Ruth
January 18, 2015
Matthew 28:16-20
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Further Reading Suggestions for this sermon:

Born to Reproduce

This sermon by Dawson Trotman is essential reading/listening for anyone wanting to "make more and better disciples." It is short, challenging, and FREE.

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Master Plan of Evangelism

This is the most helpful and Biblically insightful HOW-TO guide for evangelism I've ever seen. Consider it assigned reading for those desperate to figure disciple-making out.

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The Celtic Way of Evangelism

Put this 3rd on your list. It is a fascinating study of the way St. Patrick converted the Pagan Celts to Christianity, and how we as 21st century Christians could do the same to pagan Americans.

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Weekly Reading Plan

This sermon series includes a weekly Bible Reading Plan.  Each week we read in preparation for the sermon coming next week. Next week we will discuss The Way of Jesus - I am called to LOVE, so this week we will be reading about love, using this WEEK 3 READING PLAN. Tips and suggested questions available on the PDF.

TheWayOfJesus-I am called to - Week 3 Readings Only