6. SATURATED WITH THE WORD
As a President’s Prayer Partner, we again invite you to truly be a people of the Word. As Seventh-day Adventists, we embrace 28 Fundamental truths that are based on the Bible alone. For several months we have been focusing on four passages of scripture that are foundational to each of our fundamental beliefs. Here’s our next set of 4 memory passages for April to coincide with our 15th fundamental belief regarding what the Bible teaches about Baptism. Let’s place His Word prayerfully in our hearts each day of this month.
I carry a set of these passages with me in my car and repeat them aloud as I drive from place to place. My goal is to prayerfully say one verse at least five times a day for a week, thus embracing the promise of God’s Word “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:11 Repeat these passages over and over till they become a part of your very being. Of course, you can always choose to do more. Prayerfully consider how you can saturate your soul and make His Word a part of your heart every day.
FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF # 15: Baptism
By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior, become His people, and are received as members by His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV) — “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Romans 6:1-4 (NKJV) — “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
Galatians 3:27-28 (NKJV) — “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 2:12 (KJV) — “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”
7. GOD’S LEADERS IN THE NORTH AMERICAN DIVISION DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL:
Be part of God’s praying church across North America for the leaders who guide God’s work in the following territories:
Maurice R. Valentine II, Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
April 1-7 Indiana Conference Steve Poenitz, President
April 8-14 Lake Region Conference R. Clifford Jones, President
April 15-21 Michigan Conference Jim Micheff, Jr., President
April 22-28 Wisconsin Conference Mike Edge, President