Friday, July 26, 2013

Preparing for Sunday, July 28 @GFCTO

Sunday is going to be a great day since we get to witness the baptisms of a bunch of new followers of Jesus Christ. That service will start at 3:00PM with their testimonies to God's saving grace. Then we will head over to our local pool and do what Christians have done for a couple thousand years - immerse some folks in water as a picture of how the guilt of their sins has been washed away.

I always like to remind the church to pray for those getting baptized - especially in the days after their baptism.

Here is how to get ready for Sunday morning:

READ: 1 Samuel 31 and 2 Samuel 1

PONDER: Here is how (on a Friday afternoon) I am intending to unpack the text.

Title: When All is Dark

1. Things can get bad in the kingdom of God.

2. Sometimes the best thing to do is cry.

3. Sin leads to trouble

4. The light often shines brightest in the darkness.

5. Let your failures stand... so grace is seen.