On this Sunday morning, Senior Pastor William Rice’s sermon was titled “Washed Away” in the series about Exiles and how Christians can live when they feel they don’t belong or fit into today’s changing culture.
Please also come to Sand Key Park on Clearwater Beach today at 6 p.m. for Beach Baptism. If you want to put your trust and faith in Jesus, to start a new life in Him, asking God to forgive you for all your sins and to be Lord of your life, we hope and pray you will make your profession of faith public and come to the beach baptism this Sunday night.
For more information, contact Calvary Baptist Church, 110 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida 33759. Phone: 727-441-1581 or visit http://www.Calvary.us
This week’s daily Bible verses guide is at http://www.calvary.us/DevotionGuide.
The sermon message notes from Pastor Rice’s sermon at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida.
1 Peter 3:18-22
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God,… ~1 Peter 3:18, HCSB
I must choose to be a MINORITY with God, rather than a MAJORITY with man.
A Picture to See:
God patiently waited in the days of Noah while an ark was being prepared. In it a few—that is, eight people—were saved through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. ~1 Peter 3:20-21
In baptism and in Noah’s ark I see a…
- Picture of DEATH. –
- The flood was God’s judgement. God saw how corrupt the world is.
- Picture of CLEANSING
- The flood gave God a chance to start over and wipe the slate clean.
- Picture of RESURRECTION.
- Jesus died and rose, overcame death so that we can have a new life, be a new person in Christ.
The ark was like a large coffin that Noah built to God’s specifications – 1.5 football fields long, 3-4 stories high, took decades for Noah to build during a time when it didn’t rain. A boat had never been built before. People thought Noah, his family and all the animals inside the ark were crazy. Eight people were saved from the destructive flooding, Pastor Rice said in retelling the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark.
An Example to Follow:
Like Noah I should:
1. BELIEVE God.
2. OBEY God.
3. TRUST God.
God has already built the ark for you and all sinners who confess their sin before God, put their faith and trust in Jesus. That ark is Jesus, Pastor Rice explained.
“A flood is coming. God’s judgment is coming. You will stand before God, make an account (of your life),” Pastor Rice said.
“You won’t stand alone. The door (Jesus) is open if you go in, if you believe, obey and trust Jesus. God will save you.” Pastor Rice said.