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THANK YOU GOD: We always have announcements of people who need prayers, and we thank Julie and Karl for up-to-date information on these cases. We also need to have pointed out the good things that have happened among us, and thank God for these. We thank God that Maelene and Larry are up, pretty much out of pain, and full of enthusiasm as their surgeries have been successful. Cindy has had some good news for a change with her father's situation having stabilized and one of her son's problems being resolved. Audrey Gibson is home and is doing pretty well, and her furnace is fixed. Howard Marlin is better and is not swallowing nitro pills the way he was. Things have settled down for Gatwech Ruot Nyoat. His family is safe and away from the violence, and he will go to Ethiopia in May and has an internship in Washington D.C. starting in July before he rejoins us next January. Let us realize that God is blessing us with some answers to all the problems among us, and let us pray we will continue to see good results.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Our next highway clean up will be April 19. Please plan to be part of it — the road will be a mess after this winter's weather.
A. Robert Louis Stevenson's classicI. THE ORIGIN OF OUR DOCTOR HYDE
1. Potion turned him into an evil man.B. We too have both within us — Romans 7:14 – 2
2. The battle between good and evil
A. The forbidden fruit was our potion.II. JEYKLL HAD TO DRINK THE POTION — SO DO YOU.
1. Genesis 3:5B. We all become enslaved — called lifestyle.
2. 1 Corinthians 15:21– 22
C. Romans 6:12 –13 — How do we use our bodies?
D. 1 John 1:8 —10
A. We sell ourselves to sin — Romans 7:14 and 6:16 –17.III. WHAT WE ARE A “SLAVE TO” IS A CHOICE — Romans 6:16.
B. The Holy Spirit convicts us — Romans 7:15 – 24.
C. Hyde can and will kill us — verse 24.
1. God said that in Genesis 2:17.
2. We can choose not to sell ourselves.
A. What does it take to free a slave?IV. WHAT WILL YOU SELL YOURSELF TO?
1. Civil war — slaves had to accept freedom.B. How do we break free of slavery to sin?
2. In Jesus' time a slave could buy their freedom.
3. Prisoners do not always want to be free.
4. Romans 8:3 – 4
1. Learn what sin is — Romans 7:7.
2. Relativism is bad — “What's wrong with it … .”
3. Shape your mind Matthew 5 – 7.
4. Gain access to God's Spirit — Romans 8:2.
a. Romans 8:2
b. Spirit does what we cannot — Rom 8:26 – 27
A. Romans 6:16 – 23
B. Verse 23 — “Wages of sin is death … .”
C. God calls us to live a new life.
1. A different life — Romans 6:1– 23D. Romans 7:23 – 8:2
2. The concept of baptism is to die first — kill Hyde.
E. Romans 6:1– 23
THE BACK PAGE
QUESTION ON BAPTISM
We recently had a question about why we have not had more sermons on baptism. The simple answer is “sermon topics are based on what is perceived as needs.” Our attendance on Sunday mornings has not been made up of people who do not understand baptism, but there are some personal struggles with Satan and pain and suffering that are very much a part of many in the congregation, and so that is what our lessons have focused on. That certainly does not mean that baptism is not important; in fact, it is so important that salvation cannot be attained without it according to the Bible.
One important fact about baptism is that it is shown in God's Word as the end product of a series of actions. In Mark 16:15 –16 Jesus told his followers that those who believed and were baptized would be saved. A person will not be baptized if he does not believe, so the message is clear that salvation comes after baptism. In Acts 2:37 – 38 the people were told that repentance and baptism for the remission of sins were the keys to salvation. Notice that belief and repentance precede baptism which precedes remission of sins. In Acts 22:16 Paul tells us that his baptism was to wash away his sins. Baptism is not an end, but a beginning. In Romans 6:3 – 4 we are told that when we are baptized we begin a new life in Christ.
Again and again the Bible speaks of the critical nature of baptism. Colossians 2:12 tells us in baptism we are raised with Christ. In Galatians 3:27 we are told we are baptized into Christ. In 1 Peter 3:21 we are told flat out that baptism saves us.
Man-made churches continue to deny the importance of baptism. Some refer to the thief on the cross who was promised salvation that day by Jesus, but the thief on the cross was not a Christian. The church did not come into existence until after Jesus' resurrection, so the thief was not a part of the church. Another claim is that we are not saved by works, so baptism cannot save us. Baptism is not a work because it is done to us not by us. The passages that are quoted on this subject such as Galatians 3:1–10 and James 2:14 – 26 deal with benevolence and keeping the law, not with something that is done to us. No amount of good deeds can earn heaven. We are saved by our active response and obedience to God's Word.
Baptism is vital and is referred to in every sermon, but the content of our lessons is determined by the needs we see.
— John Clayton