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Meeting Sundays at The Growing Place, Montessori, 13242 Pomerado Road, Poway, 92064
(10am Sunday School) (11:00am Worship)
Pastor Victor’s Message
Jesus Rose from the dead about 1975 years ago. This is a fact of history. He had predicted that He would die and rise again. That is recorded many times in the New Testament (such as in John 2:21 and Matthew 16:21-25). It is recorded by many different witnesses. The Jewish Scriptures in their Holy Book (they call the Tanak) gives very clear indication that One would die for the sins of the people (see Isaiah 53). This was written over 750 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It was preserved by the Jewish community and not by Christians. It was not changed. The Jewish religious leaders have many problems trying to explain away this prophecy. It says, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all”. It clearly points to the work of Jesus on the cross. The Jews did not change it because it was the Words that Isaiah wrote. This is the truth of God. This was the plan of God. When Jesus walked the earth about 1980 years ago, he was called the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. This is what John the Baptist called him. Why was He called the Lamb of God? It is amazing today that Muslim, Jews, and Christians emphasize the importance of the Lamb. The Muslims do their Haaj and go to Mecca, and it is all about remembering the Lamb that Abraham sacrificed instead of his son. Every Muslim knows this story,and every Muslim is supposed to go to Mecca once in their lifetime. So the importance of the Lamb is central to their thinking. God has allowed the importance of the Lamb to be preserved in their thinking. The Jews remember the same story of Abraham being called to offer his son with a Ram dying in his place. The Jews remember the blood of the Lamb every Passover. And almost every Jew celebrates Passover (even those who don’t even believe in God). Yet God has made sure that they don’t forget the importance of the Lamb. When Jesus was called the Lamb of God, it was proof that His plan was for Jesus to be the sacrifice that takes away our sins. The bread that Jesus took in the Last Supper was actually Passover Bread. He was celebrating with His disciples the very day that He was arrested, which was the day before He died. He took the Passover Bread and said, “this is My body which is given for you.” Jesus died on Passover because He is the Passover Lamb. It is His blood that we must have over the door of our hearts. It was God’s plan to have Jesus die to set us free by the blood of His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. It was not a coincidence that Jesus died on Passover, it was the plan of God. How sad it is that some totally miss what the cross was about. If you understand that it was God’s plan for Him to die for your sins, then it is not hard to understand and believe that He rose from the dead. He lives to impart His life to you. Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Who saves us by His grace when the blood of Jesus washes away our sins. He died once for all to take away sins for ever. When we believe, we are saved by that grace which He abundantly gives to us. Jesus righteousness becomes our righteousness. Our sins, and the penalty for our sins, is transferred to Jesus when we believe. If you have believed and trusted Jesus, then rejoice in His gift to you. When the Jews ate the Passover meal that first night, they had to eat it with shoes on their feet. This was symbolic of their faith that they would actually be free. They were showing that they believed the promise of God to set them free. In the same way, when we call upon Jesus to save us from our sins, we need to believe and know that His promise to save us is true.
When Jesus rose from the dead, He proved it beyond all doubt. His resurrection proved that His claim to be the Messiah was true. It proved that He had come to seek and save that which was lost. It proved that He was the Son of God, Who had come to give those who would believe in Him a new life which He called, “ETERNAL LIFE”. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
There is a living God that created all things. He is loving you right now. He sent His Son to die in your place and pay the penalty for your sin. He is calling you to come humbly to Him and confess your sin directly to Him. If you will trust in Jesus today, He will forgive all your sin and give you peace and life eternal. Give Jesus your sin, and He will give you His righteousness. Your life will be changed forever. After Jesus rose from the dead, He said, “I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in”. The door is your heart. Don’t keep it locked. With simple trust ask Jesus to save you today and become a child of God by a gift of His grace. Don’t live another empty day outside God’s purpose for your life. Now is the time to repent and come to know God in a personal way. You can experience God’s agape love for you.
The Meaning of Water Baptism
Acts 2:38 says, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ…”
Colossians 2:12 says, “Buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through faith in the power of God, Who raised Him from the dead.
Water baptism is an outward symbol of what Jesus does in a person’s heart. It shows death and resurrection.
In our church, we only baptize those who accept Jesus’ blood to wash away their sins and express a personal desire to be committed to Christ. When we accept Jesus in a personal way with understanding, our dead spirit comes to a new life. We find an eternal relationship with God by grace. We call this being “born again”. Baptism is an outward showing of what God does in the heart. It does not save us. It symbolized our faith. We do not baptize babies because they can’t believe. We baptize by putting a person completely under water to symbolize death and resurrection. It symbolized the person’s faith that Jesus died for their sins and rose from the dead. It also symbolized the person’s death to their old life and old way of thinking, and it symbolized the person being raised up by the power of the gospel to have a new life.
Our Mission Board
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