We have desires to be used by God through big works and to offer many fruits to Him. Having this mind and giving ourselves over to the work, it’s easy for us to lose the heart of serving. Then, we miss something very important.
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
– Matthew 20:26-28
Jesus showed us the image of humility and serving, which we must follow. The new law of His Kingdom overturned worldviews.”Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.” (Matthew 20:26-28 NIV) What a paradox! He himself washed disciples’ feet and laid down his life at the cross as a ransom for sinners. Jesus exemplified the life of serving others.
True serving brings joy, and it is beautiful. Serving is an active deed of love. The act of serving moves the hearts of others and offers comfort. The Bible tells us that God remembers our serving toward others and will reward us. Thus, the relationship between God and ourselves becomes deeper through serving others.
May the word of God widen your hearts and inspire you to serve others, resembling Jesus.
Kelly L.; Bible Portal Staff; © 2016 BIBLEPORTAL.COM; https://bibleportal.com/articles/what-does-the-bible-say-about-serving-others
Baptism is the outward act that symbolizes the inward phenomenon of coming to and accepting Jesus Christ as real, as God incarnate, as the sacrificial means by which those who believe in him can be forever reconciled to God. The purpose of baptism is to give visual testimony of our commitment to Christ. It is the first step of discipleship
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized? ” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
– Acts 8:35-38
The symbolism of baptism is that, just as Christ died and was buried, so the baptized person is submerged (whether physically or symbolically) under water. And just as Christ rose again from beneath the earth, so the baptized person rises again from beneath the water. Under the water is the believer’s old, dead, heavy, suffocating life. Out of the water, cleansed by the blood of Christ, is the believer’s new, fresh, purposeful life.
Baptism is like a wedding ring. We put on a wedding ring as a symbol of our commitment and devotion. In the same way, baptism is a picture of devotion and commitment to Christ. A wedding ring reminds us and tells others that we belong to someone special. In the same way, baptism reminds us and others that we are devoted to Christ and belong to Him.
Excerpt from What is Baptism by John Shore; https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/baptism-what-is-it-meaning-and-definition.html
We know that, as a parent, you’re the most important influence in your child’s life. But you’re not the only influence your child needs. That’s where your church family comes in. Child dedication is an opportunity to invite others to develop and influence your child as they grow in their faith. It can relieve a lot of parenting pressure because you get to partner with people who will love and lead your child well.
Your kids did not begin following Jesus by accident. When you dedicate your child, you’re deciding that you’ll raise your kids knowing who Jesus is.
Hear, O Israel: The Lᴏʀᴅ our God, the Lᴏʀᴅ is one. Love the Lᴏʀᴅ your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
– Deuteronomy 6:4-7
We love God with everything in us, and we model that for our kids because we know that our example is far more powerful than our words. We teach our kids what it looks like to follow Jesus. And we talk about it and think about it often. Leading kids to live like Jesus isn’t a checkbox on a parenting to-do list. It’s an intentional, ongoing conversation that shapes who they are now and who they’re becoming.
The universal Church—the Body of Christ—is composed of all true believers in Christ, and local churches are to be a microcosm of the universal Church. As believers, we have our names written in the Lamb’s book of life, and that is what is most important. However, it is also important to commit to a local church where we can give of our resources, serve others, and be accountable.
We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
– Romans 12:5
In the earliest church, no formal membership existed. Believers typically worshiped in the house church closest to where they lived. Today, many communities include numerous local churches from which people can choose to attend. While there is no biblical command to join a particular local church, many churches include a formal membership process through which a person can commit to involvement in that church and to adherence to its particular statement of faith.
Church membership can increase the level of commitment a person has to a particular local church. Once a member, a person may be more likely to invite friends, serve in church ministries, and support church activities than a non-member.
Church membership is not a biblical command but rather a way to manage today's local churches. Used well, church membership can offer many benefits for individuals and local churches to assist in spiritual growth.