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Changed From the Inside Out

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Today, we gather to worship God and to celebrate with baptisms in both services.  Baptism is the public declaration of what happens within a person’s heart, for when you accept Jesus Christ as Lord, you die to self and are raised to eternal life.  You are  transformed and born again.

This morning, then, is very much like the day of Pentecost almost 2000 years ago, when the disciples received the Holy Spirit and Peter addressed the crowd.  Whereas Peter used to get himself in trouble for speaking, this time, 3000 people came to accept Christ.  Who could believe that this is the same person?  Peter looked to be the same but was also completely changed.  This change is real and it is the power of Christ within us, for only Jesus can take us from death to life, by redeeming us through His blood and making us brand new.