Every Wonder Why The Bible Is So Complicated? Yeah, We Do Too.

Every Wonder Why The Bible Is So Complicated? Yeah, We Do Too.

The Bible is weird. Confusing. Intimidating.

But the Bible can also be absurd. Shocking. And at times appalling.

The Bible tells one unified story about God. We see this fully realized in Jesus and the work of the Spirit. So it is easy to read the words of Jesus when he says: “Love your enemy” or the words of John, one of his earliest followers, when he says: “God is love”.
But it is much more difficult to read accounts like this from Moses:

“the Lord our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army. At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed them—men, women and children. We left no survivors.” - Deuteronomy 2:33-34

How could a God that is love slaughter seemingly innocent people? Is this not hypocritical?

You may have asked these questions. Or you’ve wondered if the God of the Bible is so great why do such horrible things happen? Where was this God of love on 9/11, at Sandy Hook, the Pulse nightclub, or your own personal experience of hell on earth.

If the Bible is a collection of books about this incredible God, then what are we to do with the appalling parts of the Bible and the appalling parts of our lives?

I don’t have all the answers and I probably have a lot of the same questions that you have, so over the next two weeks we are going to ask these questions together. We are going to look at these complicated parts of the Bible. Now I won’t have a nice easy answer that resolves all this, but what I do have is a complicated, nuanced, and challenging grand narrative about a God that created the universe and decides to draw close to you and me.

7 Reasons Why Followers of Jesus Get Baptized

7 Reasons Why Followers of Jesus Get Baptized

Maybe you’ve made a decision to follow Jesus recently (or even years ago).

So what’s your next step? What do you do now?

For some of you…the next step is baptism.

Now I realize that there is all sorts of baggage around baptism. That’s why I’d love for you to read to the end of this.

Baptism is something that has marked the response of people to Jesus for 2000 years. In the New Testament every time someone started following Jesus they were baptized.
And if you haven’t been baptized since you’ve decided to follow Jesus, we’d love to baptize you.
And in the meantime, here are 7 reasons you would want to be baptized as your next step:
1.   Obedience.  Jesus said that you should be baptized when you trust your life to him. In baptism followers of Jesus get to experience something Jesus experienced.

2.   You're Afraid.  The fact that you’re afraid is actually a sign your should be baptized. Your biggest breakthroughs often come on the other side of your biggest fears.

3.   It Will Form A Milestone In Your Life.  In the same way graduation marks finishing school, marriage marks the beginning of a new relationship, so baptism marks the beginning of your new faith journey.

4.  Your Baptism Is For You.  For those who were baptized as children, being baptized after your decision to follow Jesus is a way of marking your decision personally.

5.  God Will Use Your Story.  Baptism is going public with your faith and you get to announce something powerful with a profound action.

6.  Your Friends And Family Will Celebrate... And Be Impacted. When we baptize you on a Sunday, we encourage you to invite your friends and family to come with you. For many of them, this will be a rare trip to church. Who knows what God will do in them as they watch what he has done in you?

7.   It’s Easy.  It's a big step, so let us take care of the details. We will talk before hand to answer questions and understand your story. On the day of, we’ll get you squared away with a T-Shirt and plenty of time to take in the moment. We worry about the details so you don’t have to.

So what’s keeping you from being baptized?

You can start the process right now. Just click on this form.

We’re already cheering for you!

 

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As we get things settled in our new space at 8th and Monroe we are rolling out this new website! We will be periodically adding posts to the blog to keep you updated on whats going on.  Thanks.