THE BAPTISM OF ALEXANDER CAMPBELL
Following is the account of Alexander Campbell’s baptism (as well as that of other members of his family) as reported by him in the Millennial Harbinger of May 1848, Vol. V, Number V. These are Campbell’s own words (including his spelling and punctuation) in describing the baptisms and the events leading up to them. It will be noted that the baptisms occurred one year to the month following Campbell’s sermon on “Humble Beginnings,” the subject of last week’s “News & Views.” (Note: I have inserted numbers into the body of Campbell’s account to indicate explanatory notes which I provide at the end of the account.) Continue reading
“Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias,’ and he replied, ‘Here I am, Lord.'”
When the Lord called Ananias to go teach Saul, the persecutor, he hesitated, but finally went. He was God’s instrument to bring a powerful proclaimer to Christ.
Christ won’t appear to us in a vision, but he calls Christians today to go and teach. What fears or concerns do you have that must be overcome? Where are the limits of your comfort zone?
#evangelism #calling #VOTD
“I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3.14 CSB
The apostle Paul uses his life as an example of the purpose and dedication that the Philippians should have. All else in life should be considered as trash, compared to this goal.
Describe in detail how you are pursuing the heavenly goal. Is it whole-hearted? Is it focused upon heaven and upon Jesus Christ? Is it single-minded? Are you using all God’s resources? Are you pursuing his mission?
#goal #heaven #VOTD
“The one who loves pleasure will be a poor person;
whoever loves wine and anointing oil will not be rich.”
The book of Proverbs teaches how to live wisely in the fear of God. One’s use of money and material goods occupies an important part of wisdom. Spending for one’s pleasures is a sure path to poverty.
Olive oil had many uses. The verse may refer to its use in food or perfumes. It is included as an object of pleasure. What pleasures put your bank balance and your spiritual life at risk?
#pleasure #money #VOTD
“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”
2 Corinthians 3.12 NIV
The Christian’s hope is wrapped up in the glorious ministry of the Spirit which does not diminish as did the fading radiance of Moses face.
How can you still be humble while being bold? What form does this boldness take?
#boldness #hope #VOTD
In the Millennial Harbinger of January 1842 (Volume VI, Number I), Alexander Campbell, one of the leading voices in pleading for a restoration of original New Testament Christianity, looked back to the earliest days of the movement and gave a recap of a sermon he preached “under an oak” some eight miles from Bethany, Virginia (now West Virginia) in June of 1811 when he was 22 years old. Below are excerpts from the article by Campbell in which he gives the background to his sermon titled “Humble Beginnings.” Following that are excerpts from the sermon itself in which Campbell set forth some of the principles upon which he and others were launching out in the establishment of an independent congregation based on the New Testament alone. This was before any of the group had come to be immersed. (“We were all then Pedobaptists,” Campbell acknowledges, meaning they had been sprinkled as infants or very young children), thus indicating the infancy of the movement. Excerpts are in Campbell’s own words (as well as his spelling and punctuation), not the words of some Restoration Movement historian giving his spin, twist, or “interpretation” of what Campbell wrote and said about the event. Continue reading
“And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised.”
2 Corinthians 5.15
The apostle Paul has written several times to the church in Corinth. He explains his mission and affirms his pure motivations. His message centers in Christ and how he changes those who live by him.
Christ’s death gives us life. That life is to be lived for him, no longer for ourselves. We must die to self. He gives us meaning, morale, and mission. We do all in hope of being like him.
#motivation #Jesus-Christ #VOTD