Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44
The Christmas season is upon us! The music and decorations bring a sense of great anticipation. But holidays come and go, so what do we most deeply anticipate? All humanity’s deepest hopes are met in Jesus Christ. He did not only come to earth, but he will come again. And here and now he has left us his Holy Spirit. We are not along. God is with us.
Life naturally brings about conflict. But how as members of God’s family are we called to deal with conflict, especially conflict among believers? Paul speaks in the last chapter of his letter to the Galatians about this topic. We are invited to bear one another’s burdens, remembering that we have been forgiven much. In this way, by God’s help we generously give of ourselves and maintain unity in the family.
Baptism is the church’s symbol of ‘Joining the Family’. Today we baptize people into the Christian family and a reaffirmation of baptisms.
This week we look at something that is pretty familiar, a Christian wedding ceremony, to better understand Baptism. Like marriage, baptism is a public confession of faith in Christ but even more-so than marriage, baptism is a way in which God’s grace works deeply to transform us. Baptism is the formal entrance into The Family.