How do you lay your life down for others? How can this be applied in our daily lives?
You know, I’m really wrestling with this right now. As I said in the sermon, I don’t know that I have. I think it has to have a “death” element to it. A sacrifice, so to speak. Not a literal death, but where something dies in you in order to live for someone else. That death could be a hobby, a certain plan you had for your life, a certain amount of money, to living comfortably, etc…
One thing I do know, is that Christ laid down his life for us because of the joy that was before him. That’s part of the mix as well...joy. So there’s death and joy as we sacrifice for others yet do so joyfully because Christ first laid down his life for us.
Yesterday, Pastor Hanson said how we are to love all Christ followers. I thought we are to love all people even those who are not Christ followers. Could you explain what you meant?
We’ll get to loving people who aren’t followers of Jesus in the fourth sermon in this series titled “Love Your Neighbor.” The Bible passage that we were looking at on Sunday, 1 John 4:7-12, is specifically talking about loving people who are part of our faith family (followers of Jesus).
Can or should someone be re-baptized?
Our church believes that a person who trusts in Christ should be baptized in a Bible-teaching church with water (Matthew 3:11), in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). If a person has been baptized in this way, whether as a child or adult, his or her baptism is valid; therefore, he or she does not need to be re-baptized (Titus 3:5). The Bible does not teach that a person should be baptized more than once.