Let’s Get In Shape!
Let's Get In Shape
To continue the series of messages because we are so close to Christmas and this year everything is so strange when it comes to schedule that I picked... I want to take a little detour today in our series of messages and I want to bring a reminder to you guys that I believe that we need to be reminded of every single year. Those of you who have paid attention know that when you walk into our church here, there is a sign on the left side that basically tells you what's the reason for our existence. No we are not going to talk about that today. I want you to read it. That's the reason why Atlantic Baptist Church exists. It's out there and if you are part of this church, that's what you strive for. You measure everything you do, everything you are based on that statement that is out there. If you are not part of this church family yet officially, we welcome you; come over and be part of us and that would be great. We are giving you a great opportunity. If you get baptized on the 25 of December, on Christmas Day, nobody forgets the day you got baptized. Nobody forgets it.
So we are doing something special this year. It's been one of those crazy things. We had a couple of people who needed to be baptized last month and they couldn't do it because of family issues. They are going to be here on the 25th and I said hey, the more the merrier. Let's do it on the 25th. If you have not been baptized by immersion. If you know Christ as your Lord and Savior the next step after you trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is to be baptized. To give public testimony of your faith. See you are doing it in front of a bunch of Christians and you tell them "Hey... I know Christ my Lord and Savior," that's basically what you do. Then you identify yourself with true Christians in the world by doing that.
Romans 12:2Modern English Version (MEV)
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Psalm 139:13Modern English Version (MEV)
13 You brought my inner parts into being;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
Romans 8:1-2Modern English Version (MEV)
Life in the Spirit
8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.
1 Peter 4:10Modern English Version (MEV)
10 As everyone has received a gift, even so serve one another with it, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Exodus 31:1-11Modern English Version (MEV)
The Tabernacle Artisans
31 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of craftsmanship 4 to devise artistic works for work with gold, with silver, and with bronze, 5 and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in carving of wood, to work in all manner of craftsmanship. 6 I, indeed, I have given him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, and I have given skill to all who are specially skilled, that they may make everything that I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furniture of the tent, 8 the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, 10 the woven garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests, 11 the anointing oil and sweet incense for the holy place. They must make them according to all that I have commanded you.
Romans 12:6Modern English Version (MEV)
6 We have diverse gifts according to the grace that is given to us: if prophecy, according to the proportion of faith;
1 Peter 4:10-11Modern English Version (MEV)
10 As everyone has received a gift, even so serve one another with it, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone serves, let him serve with the strength that God supplies, so that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Colossians 3:23-24Modern English Version (MEV)
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. For you serve the Lord Christ.
1 Peter 4:11Modern English Version (MEV)
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone serves, let him serve with the strength that God supplies, so that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.