Water Baptism

A short word before the baptism in the Bow River, Calgary

God says: The world and its desires pass away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever!

There is nothing greater or better than following Jesus Christ in water baptism. It is a greater than even marriage. Marriage is only for this life, but following Christ as Lord is forever. You will remember this day of commitment when you leap for joy and your is heart filled with inexpressible satisfaction in seeing the Lord.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 3:10 "There is no one righteous, not even one;

Romans 3:11 there is no one who understands,
    no one who seeks God.

Romans 3:12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
  there is no one who does good,
    not even one."

Romans 6:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

That is true love! Even if only one responded to God’s call, Jesus Christ was willing to be our sacrifice.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The wages or the salary at the end of the month is death, but there is good news.

John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for the wrath of God remains on him."

Even though God loves the sinner, his anger and wrath are standing over every sinner like rain cloud ready to pour the water. The earlier is the better to run to God’s gift of salvation in Christ.

Acts 2:38,39 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."

Repentance- turning from sin and the world to God
Baptism: showing your decision to follow Jesus Christ
And you are forgiven- there must be a change of life (or you will be part of the hypocrites)
Gift of the Spirit: we baptize with water, but Jesus Christ will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

AMEN
Let us sing on our way to the river!