This Week’s Radio Programs
Week 5 – 5/23/2016
This Week – One of the most common questions I have been asked in my years in the ministry is, “why was Jesus baptized?” Why was the perfect sinless Son of God willing to do that? This week we give three reasons why Jesus submitted to John the Baptist for baptism.
Monday – A man who has counseled many people believes that every adult is either benefitting from the influence of their parents, or they’re in recovery from their childhood. We talk about parental influence in this message in a powerful way, discussing the baptism of Jesus. In your life, are you benefitting from your upbringing, or are you in recovery?
Tuesday – Jesus probably walked 60 miles to be baptized by John. One commentator pointed out that some people refuse to be baptized because it’s too inconvenient! Really? The first reason we share why Jesus was baptized was that it was an act of identification with those He came to save! Who would that be? You and me!
Wednesday – Nothing illustrates “finality” like the physical burial of a person at a cemetery. Our “burial” in baptism represents a finality to the old life and beginning of the new life in Christ. The second reason for Jesus’ baptism was a “declaration” of who He is. Luke says a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased!”
Thursday – The third reason for the baptism of Jesus was for our example. The Apostle Peter says in his letter that “everything Jesus did was for our example!” Have we followed His example in this area of life? If not, why not? We share one of the most powerful stories you have ever heard about the examples in your life, represented by the “voices” you have heard in your past.
Friday – We go back to the opening illustration of this message. Are your children living in benefit from their upbringing by you, or will they need to go into recovery because of their upbringing? That’s a sobering question for all of us. What example have you set personally and spiritually for their lives?
This Week’s Visual Story
Most people have something or someone they would like to forget. What would that be for you? Jim Downey’s story will move you deeply. He would give anything to forget the man who killed his police officer father. He would give anything to forget the day there were flashing lights in his driveway with other officers there to deliver the terrible news. What do we do with the unforgettable in our lives? Listen and perhaps find a possible answer.