Jesus In Baptism Research Paper

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It makes my heart overflow with joy to know that you have decided to follow Jesus in baptism as a family. I can only imagine Nanny, Grandmother, and Granddaddy and all the Christ followers who passed on before us rejoicing at Christ’s feet as he looked upon each of you and forgave you of all your sin. I can imagine only imagine Granddaddy helping Jesus prepare your dwelling place in heaven as Grandmother and Nanny prepare a meal for you to enjoy upon your arrival in heaven (John 14:1-5). I am blessed to have you as my family, but now I rejoice in knowing you’re my family in Christ. Though hundreds of miles separate us, we will worship Christ together for eternity. May the Lord come quickly!
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Know Jesus intimately. Scripture describes the relationship between God and His people as that of a husband and a wife. A married couple share an intimate knowledge of each other; God desires to have that kind of relationship with each of you. My prayer for you is Ephesians 3:14-19, which I quoted above. I encourage you to spend time with God first thing in the morning. Everyone has 15 minutes to spare each day, so spend 5 minutes in the Bible, 5 minutes in worship (find a good playlist on Spotify), and 5 minutes in prayer. If you can do more, do more. The goal is to know Jesus personally and intimately. Believers are in great danger of falling in love with the ministry of Jesus without ever knowing the Jesus of ministry. On the day of judgement, Jesus will say to those people, “Depart from me, you law-breakers; I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21-23). So, I encourage you to spend time with God each day and know Him personally and intimately.

2. Take up your cross and follow Jesus. Taking up your cross and following Jesus means to continue following Jesus means to continue following Him regardless of the circumstances you face. The cross is an instrument of suffering and death; though there may be a time when you are required to physically suffer for following Jesus, it is unlikely that you will experience that in the American context (though it has happened). Instead, the cross many of us bear is the rejection of family for changing who we are. I encourage you to follow Jesus,
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Exchange the character of self for the character of Christ. You can do nothing to help people, but Jesus can. So, let Christ change your character of sin and self into that of sacrifice and servanthood. Colossians 3:12-17 says, “Therefore, God's chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must forgive. Above all, put on love-the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through
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