Yesterday, a non-Christian and I resumed studying the Bible with a view toward his conversion. He wants to be baptized. His wife is a Christian. He feels left out of participation in worship. He wants to be a part of the body.
He had stopped studying for months. He had an issue that he needed to deal with in his heart. But for all that, he just didn’t feel the urgency, even though he understood the connection between sin and perdition. Continue reading
One out of eight Americans die in their sleep. Surprisingly, one study found that people with sleep apnea are no more likely to do so than others. There’s a perception that the elderly die in their sleep more often than others. And, of course, there’s the dreaded Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
In the Bible, people died in war, from sickness, of old age, and from personal violence such as murder. Just like today. The first sin we have record of outside of Eden was premeditated murder. Many died as a direct result of sin — think of Nadab and Abihu, Korah, Achan, Ananias and Sapphira.
All death is a consequence of sin in the world. It was not a part of God’s original design. Continue reading
We’ve baptized people in hospital tubs. We’ve covered medical ports with plastic and tape, and sought permission from medical professionals to baptize patients. We’ve brought frail ones in wheelchairs, and carried some on folding chairs. We once used a hydraulic lift in the nursing home.
Isn’t that a bit extreme?
Not to someone who believes what the Bible teaches.
Baptism is a command of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a pre-requisite to salvation. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16; read also, Acts 2:38; 8:35-40; Rom. 6:3,4; Gal. 3:26-29; Col. 2:12; 1 Pet. 3:21-22).
There is not a single case of conversion in which baptism is not seen as an urgent matter. Why would we act any differently?
—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY congregational bulletin
What still needs restoring? A sense of urgency in spreading the gospel of Christ (Acts 16:8-9 – note the word “immediately”).
Here’s an article regarding the urgency of preaching to folks lost in sin: