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Baptism is just the beginning

We have been extremely blessed of late to see a revival among the youth, and some of the Adults at our church. God has surely been good, and we are grateful for our parents, church leaders, and others who have begun to guide folks toward Christ. The Holy Spirit is amazing, and it is a wonderful thing to see! HOWEVER, there's something that needs to be addressed to the church about Baptism. Sometimes, what we can do is "Drown our babies at the baptistry" so to speak. We hand them a Bible, say a prayer and wish them good luck. That's not how it's always been; time was when people got downright intrusive when someone got saved. I'm not saying this to demean anyone, as a matter of fact, I'm saying this needs to happen! In later years, we've bought into the lie that we need to give someone their space. We need to let them figure things out for themselves. That is a lie! When people remember the good ol' days, it's not the singing, or the preaching that made them good (though it helped). What made the good ol' days good was the church was doing her part! If you were a member of the church, sister so and so, and brother whoever would ask "Why ain't you been in church," elders and deacons would visit, and people would make sure that if someone was absent, they'd check in. Church, that is our task, to build up the body of Christ, to see to one another's needs, and to support one another spiritually. We need each other. We need to build one another up spiritually, we need to raise up and train the saints for the work of the gospel. We need to be the family that brings in the sick, injured, orphaned and abandoned. What has the Holy Spirit laid on your heart to do? How can you take a hand in inviting or helping raise up a brother or sister in Christ? 1 Thessalonians 5: The Day of the Lord

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,a you have no need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5For you are all childrenb of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Final Instructions and Benediction

12We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,c encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.

23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

25Brothers, pray for us.

26Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

27I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.

28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Footnotes: a 1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 4, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27 b 5 Or sons; twice in this verse c 14 Or disorderly, or undisciplined

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