Jesus said there are some things that are more important than others (Matthew 23:23; Psalm 51; Micah 6:6-8). Our primary goal is to demonstrate faith, love, justice, mercy, and humility in a spirit bound to the Gospel of Christ. While we will not always get the most important things right, we trust God's grace and wisdom to guide us in a direction of conformity into the image of Jesus.
The word "Gospel" means "good news." Although equal to God, Jesus emptied Himself of His power and authority to become like a human being. He showed us what true righteousness and love looks like by living a perfect life and being crucified for our sins. By the power of the Spirit, He rose again three days later so we can live forever with Him
(1 Corinthians 15; Philippians 2).
God's grace saves us through trusting the power of Christ. The same Spirit who rose Jesus from the grave lives in all who believe in and accept the Gospel. Christians have different opinions and maturity levels. We will never agree on everything--nor do we have to. Unity is a choice to accept one another based on the finished work in Christ (Romans 14). Unity is found through the Spirit.
The Bible states there is "one God." Yet, in Genesis 1 and 2, our Creator speaks and the Spirit hovers over the creation in its formation. In creating people, God said, "Let us make man in our image." Also, the Gospel of John describes Jesus as Creator. Many Scriptures describe a great mystery when seeking to comprehend God. We accept him in faith. We know the one God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Every Sunday, at North Broad, we share unleavened bread and grape juice as a reminder that Jesus lives through us as a church body. The bread represents His body and the "fruit of the vine" represents His blood continually cleansing us of our brokenness. It is a symbol of His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and current reign at the right hand of God. The first century church took it as often as they met (1 Corinthians 11).
Following Jesus means surrender. It means crucifying self. Water baptism signifies that reality by physically demonstrating spiritual resolve. Baptism literally means to dip, cover up, or immerse. Water baptism is a sign of a clear conscience towards God. In reenacting the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, we also show that we commit ourselves in Jesus, to die to self, and become a new creation.
Our God He is Alive - Worship Leader: Marty Hall
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