Beloved Concordia Family,
I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are refreshed for the beginning of a new week. It certainly was a GREAT weekend at Concordia. We celebrated Jubilee weekend and had lots of activity going on!
Baptisms and Re-Affirmations of Faith
As you know, at the end of each of our services on Jubilee weekend, we offer the opportunity for Baptism and Re-Affirmation of Faith. This weekend, we had 6 Baptisms (including 2 adults) and 17 Re-Affirmations of Faith. Praise God!
Children’s Hunger Fund
I love this ministry because it allows us to be loving neighbors to those in need, right here in San Antonio. We gave out 600 boxes over the last two weekends. Yesterday, we collected 80 of those boxes, full and ready for distribution. We have also collected several hundred dollars. PLEASE, if you have a box, fill it and return it next weekend! Remember, just one box (that takes $20 to fill) feeds a family of 4 for a week.
Thank you to everyone who was a part of our blood drive on Sunday. Your efforts combined produced a total of 35 units and registered a total of 38 donors. Since this was the last blood drive on our campus for 2013, I can tell you that our Jubilee Blood Drive efforts for the whole year add up to a total of 144 units given and 175 donors registered!
This weekend’s message was titled Big on Baptism. It was part of our current series (and year-long emphasis) titled: “Jesus.” This weekend, we took a look at the Baptism of Jesus and answered Three important questions about Jesus and Baptism …
1. Why was Jesus Baptized?
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. Matthew 3:13-17
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16,17
- John’s Baptism was for Repentance for the Forgiveness of sins
- Christian Baptism is for Renewal and RE-creation!
- Jesus transitions Baptism from Ritual to Promise
2. Who should be Baptized?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Issue 1: What if a person can’t understand God?
Answer: Faith transcends understanding… It is a Relationship.
Issue 2: What if a person can’t articulate their faith?
Answer: Faith transcends words … It is a Relationship.
- Jesus makes Baptism for EVERYONE!
- Jesus’ Vision encompasses EVERYONE!
3. What does Baptism do?
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit … Titus 3:4, 5
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:3, 4
- Jesus uses Baptism to change us … for the GOOD!
- We will never see life the same way again!
I am praying for you to have an excellent and blessed week.
God bless you,
Pastor Bill Tucker