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Today is April 19, 2019

Verse of the Day -- Matthew 1:23
Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, "God with us."

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Resurrection Sunday, not Christmas, is THE biggest day of the year for Christians.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. -Luke 24:7

He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death . . . on a cross. -Philippians 2:8

And they crucified Him. -Mark 15:24

Joseph . . . laid Him in a tomb . . . and rolled a stone against the entrance. -Mark 15:46

On the very first day of the week, they came to the tomb. -Mark 16:2

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. -Luke 24:2

He is not here, but He has risen. -Luke 24:6

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. -2 Timothy 2:8


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass:

My question is if you have repented of your sins by believing Jesus paid the price at Calvary, is water baptism necessary and what is the purpose of water baptism?


ANSWER:

Water baptism is a public/outward expression of an inward belief. It has zero to do with salvation but everything to do with evidence of your repentance. If you have repented, changed directions, and are now totally trusting Christ, then you will be convicted to do what He commands. The two post-conversion commands in the Church Age are communion and baptism. Baptism is a one-time event, communion is multiple, and both point to what Jesus did for us on the cross.

In the early church, having a public baptism meant that you, and your family, could then be targeted by the Romans to be live food for the infamous hungry lions in the weekly arena games. For the pagan Romans, the hot ticket those days was a good seat to watch four or five lions tear limbs off a Christian family (father, mother and children) in the middle of the arena. So when a Believer said they wanted to trust Christ, they knew it could mean death for them and their family. Yet the church grew mightily in those days.

 

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. -Philippians 1:21

choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin . . . -Hebrews 11:25

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