This past week we wrapped up our series on the church by looking at the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper. Why are these two ordinances so important? Not only are they commanded by Jesus and modeled in the early church, but in the ordinances, the gospel is made visible. If we love the gospel, we will love baptism and the Lord's Supper. If the sacrifice of Jesus is important to us, the ordinances will be too. This week, let's meditate on the reality these two symbols represent - the gracious miracle of our union with Christ through faith. The cleansing of sin. Our dependence on Him for eternal life. May the beauty of the gospel move us to worship and obedience to Christ our Savior. And may we be quick to share with those around us the good news of Christ's redemptive work for all who believe.
If you missed the sermon and would like to listen online, you can do so here.
This week we return to our study through the gospel of Mark. It's been over two months, so it might be helpful for you to read through the first nine chapters to regain some context (or at least chapter nine). We will be focusing in on Mark 9:38-41, and as is typical, the key to understanding and applying this text properly is in the near context. I invite you to prepare your own heart through reading and prayer this week. The preaching and receiving of God's word is no merely intellectual exercise; we need the work of the Holy Spirit to soften us, open our eyes, and to produce real and lasting change. So please pray for your own heart, for me as I prepare and preach, for our church as a whole, and for the unbelievers who will be present.
For those of you are planning to sign our church covenant and officially join as a member at Redemption Hill but have not yet done so, please let me know. As we emphasized a few weeks ago, this is an important step for us in becoming established as a local church. In the near future we need establish deacons, and only members will be able to serve in that capacity, and only members will be involved in the nomination and affirmation of those deacons. So we need to know who our members are! If all you need is a copy of the church covenant, I can provide that. For those of you who are still unsure, have questions or need more information, please let me know. I would be happy to talk with you as you prayerfully consider where God would have you join.