"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." Colossians 3:16
I would like to personally invite you to join us in our worship service each Sunday morning. Worship services are held every Sunday in the sanctuary and live on Facebook. At 9:00 AM we hold our contemporary service and a more traditional service at 11:00 AM. Previously recorded services are located on our Messages page to watch anytime at your convenience.
You'll find our service is a source of blessing and spiritual nourishment that helps you grow deeper in your relationship with God each and every week.
I look forward to seeing you.
A Note from Rev. Casey Estler, Senior Pastor
So why did Jesus need to be baptized? Because central to Jesus's purpose in being the Savior of the world is his own faithful obedience to the Father. He was obedient even to the point of death on a cross (Phil. 2:8; Rom. 5:18), thereby securing our salvation. As Brandon Crowe helpfully summarizes, "Jesus is portrayed in the Gospel as the last Adam whose obedience is necessary for God's people to experience the blessings of salvation." Jesus's baptism signals the inauguration of his mission as the obedient Son and of his model of what it means to be faithful to God. The church's ongoing practice of baptism—like another essential practice, the Lord's Supper—is simultaneously a repetition of and a post-Pentecost transformation of Jesus's own act. Jesus was baptized as a sign of his dedication (wholehearted obedience), and so too we follow his example. At the same time, his own baptism is transformed in our experience because he is more than just a model. We don't simply get baptized because he did. We're baptized into him, and he baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. Though like John the Baptist we may at first be perplexed as to why Jesus was baptized, we can see now that Jesus's baptism is a crucial part of his saving work in the world, always to be remembered.