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Jesus Frees Us To Receive The Promise

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:1-14.


Jesus Frees Us By Faith

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 2.


Saved By Christ’s Resurrection

Peter said in the first part of verse 21 in chapter 3 that we are saved when we get baptized. Baptism is the moment when God forgives our sins by grace through faith in Jesus. The water doesn’t save us. Peter says that we are saved by the resurrection of Jesus. He writes:

It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. – 1 Peter 3:21b-22 (NIV)

Jesus Christ was really dead when He was crucified by the Romans. God the Father raised Him back to life on the 3rd day by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus then appeared to hundreds of people and then ascended into Heaven where He rules and reigns at the right hand of the Father. Everything is in submission to Him. Until the day that He returns, His followers must share the message of His love with all who will listen so that they might believe, repent, confess and be baptized and live a faithful life.

The Purpose Of Baptism

I love the beauty of baptism. One of my favorite things to do as a pastor is to baptize someone. It’s the moment when God’s grace meets someone’s faith in Christ and sins are forgiven. Peter, when talking about Noah and the flood said this:
​…​and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God – 1 Peter 3:21 (NIV)
There is nothing special or magical about the water or the baptizer. Baptism is an act of submission to Jesus Christ. It’s not a good work because it isn’t something you do. It’s something that is done to you. It’s not an attempt to earn salvation. It’s the receiving of salvation. If you’ve never been baptized into the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, you need to do it. Talk with your pastor or reach out to me at my church’s website – Don’t put it off another day or week. Take the plunge and get a fresh start with God.

Jesus Is The Christ

When it comes to truth and lies, John says that the lie of the antichrist is to deny that Jesus is the Christ. To say that Jesus is not the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, is to lie. He wrote:

Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:22-23 (NIV)

When we come to saving faith in Christ by God’s grace, we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God. We believe in Jesus, repent from our sinful ways, confess and acknowledge our faith in Christ as the Messiah and are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. It is at that moment when we call on the name of the Lord that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Our sins are washed away by God’s grace and we begin a new life of faithful devotion to Jesus. We get all of the spiritual blessings of new life in Christ when we acknowledge the truth that Jesus is the Christ.

Hearing The Voice Of Jesus

John 5:24-30 (NIV)

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

Jesus brings life to the dead. As a pastor, my favorite thing in the whole world is baptizing someone. When someone hears about His love for them and they come to the realization that He wants to save them, I get really excited. When they trust in God’s grace and put their faith and trust in Jesus for salvation, it is an awesome thing. When they go under that water and come back out as a brand new creation, the angels in Heaven rejoice and their name is written in the Lamb’s Book Of Life. The Holy Spirit fills them and begins the work of transformation in their life. They start to look, act and talk more like Jesus and they start to experience the abundant life that Christ offers. That is what it is really all about. It begins with hearing the voice of Jesus.
What is your story? When did you hear the voice the of Jesus? When did you begin to trust Him for salvation? When did you get baptized? Have you made that step of faith? Have you heard His voice yet? He’s calling out to you today! He’s calling out from Heaven for you to believe in Him, repent from your sin, confess Him as Savior and Lord and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins. This is your moment! This is the day of salvation! Don’t put it off another day!
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, help me to hear the voice of Jesus today. Help me to walk in the newness of life. Help me to trust in Your grace and mercy for forgiveness. I thank You for loving and forgiving me in the name of Jesus, amen.

Born Again

John 3:4-8 (NIV)

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

In the late-night conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus, Jesus says some things that are puzzling to Nicodemus. He tells him that we must be born again and that we cannot enter into the Kingdom of God unless we are born again. Nicodemus takes Jesus’ words at face value and tries to imagine a grown man literally being born from his mother’s womb a second time. Jesus wasn’t speaking literally, of course. He was speaking spiritually.

We need to be born of the Spirit. How are we born of water and the Spirit? Through baptism into Christ. Peter said on the Day of Pentecost,

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. – Acts 2:38 (NIV)

When we put our faith in Christ, we are born agains when we express our faith in repentance and by being baptized. We are then filled with the Holy Spirit of God. All of this is made possible by God’s grace. Without the grace of God, we are lost and dead in our sins. But by God’s grace through faith in Christ, He washes away our sins when we call on His name. Let us give thanks for the amazing grace that has made forgiveness and salvation possible through Jesus.

PRAYER: Thank You for the grace that has rescued me from my sins, O God. Thank You for saving me through Your Son, Jesus. I turn to You in repentance today and humbly confess my sins to You. Thank You for Your forgiveness in Jesus’ name, amen.

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