MESSAGE NOTES FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS

April 2022

April 24, 2022

SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022
SPEAKER: PASTOR STEVE
TITLE: TWO BAPTISMS: WATER & THE HOLY SPIRIT


Scripture:
Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is The Son of God.”  (John 1:32–34, NIV)


 A Purification Rite
 The Jewish leadership expected the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, exclusively, to come baptizing.

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”  (John 1:24–25, NIV)

The Halakah 
… meaning “the path one walks”.

The writings included:
·       The Torah
·       Rabbinical Teaching
·       Revered Traditions
 
According to the Halakah, the “Mitzvah” was a ritual bath that was used initially for cleansing after a woman’s menstruation (called laws of Ridah).  It was all about purity (tumah) and impurity (tahorah).

Baptism came to be recognized as a Jewish Rite of Purification for other things as well. For example… 
·       someone beginning some new journey in their life would be cleansed in the Mitzvah.
·       burial ceremonies
·       before weddings
·       for conversions

The water must be stationary (not flowing) and have a percentage of water from a natural source like rain, stream, or lake.


A VOICE IN THE DESERT
John used baptism as a ritual of cleansing.
 
And so, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  (Mark 1:4, NIV)

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  
(Acts 19:4, NIV)

1.     John was sent by Father God (1:32)
2.     John fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy by being the voice crying out in the desert (1:23)
3.     John baptized in water (the Mitzvah).
4.     He baptized and paved the way for the Messiah to come (1:31)
5.     God told John how to recognize the baptizer. He gave John the sign.
 

THE SPIRIT CAME DOWN & REMAINED
John saw, recognized, & testified.
 
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”  (Matthew 3:1–3, NIV) 

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  (Jesus)  (Luke 5:32, NIV)

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.  (Luke 15:10, NIV)


1.     Father God revealed to John the sign of the Messiah, the Son of God: You will see the Holy Spirit come down from Heaven and remain on Him.
2.     John testified that he didn’t know who it would be until the Water Baptism of Jesus.
3.     John testified of what God had said AND that he saw it happen…on Jesus of Nazareth. The Spirit came down from Heaven LIKE a dove and rested on Jesus, the Lamb of God.
 
TWO BAPTISMS
I baptize you with water, the Messiah will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  (Mark 1:7–8, NIV) 


1.     Reminder:  John’s parents were from the tribe of Levi (the priestly division of Abijah) and Aaron. That would make John from the priestly line. Repentance and Forgiveness would be in his job description.
2.     John the Baptist (and Jesus initially) came baptizing in water (Mitzvah) for repentance and forgiveness.
3.     Jesus Christ would come baptizing in the Holy Spirit to empower and give counsel.

It is correct to call the empowerment of the Holy Spirit a Baptism.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.  (John 16:13–14, NIV)
 
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  (Acts 1:8, NIV)

 



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April 17, 2022 (EASTER SUNDAY)

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2022
PASTOR STEVE

SERIES: THE ROAD TO RESURRECTION
TITLE: LIVING WITNESSESS

I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE



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April 3, 2022

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2022
PASTOR KEN LINDEN

SERIES: THE ROAD TO RESURRECTION
TITLE: THE AGONY IN GETHSEMANE
 
 
THE PLACE
Gethsemane
“Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane;”
Mark 14:32 a (NKJV)
 
THE PEOPLE
The Disciples
… and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him…
Mark 14:32b & 33a (NKJV)
 
The Angels
Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 
Luke 22:43 (NKJV)
 
Jesus
 
THE PLEA
Take this cup from, but not my will.
And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.
Mark 14:36 (NKJV)
 
THE PASSION
Overwhelmed with sorrow
And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”
Mark 14:33-35 (NKJV)
 
Sweat drops of blood
And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:44 (NKJV)
 
 

 



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"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." ~ Jeremiah 29:11-12