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Water baptism symbolizes the believer’s total trust in and total reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as a commitment to live obediently to Him. It also expresses unity with all the saints (Ephesians 2:19), that is, with every person in every nation on earth who is a member of the Body of Christ (Galatians 3:27–28). Water baptism conveys this and more, but it is not what saves us. Instead, we are saved by grace through faith, apart from works (Ephesians 2:8–9). We are baptized because our Lord commanded it: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
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John Cruz - July 29, 2018

Give Me My Share

Over the last few weeks we have been unpacking the richness of Luke 15. • The chapter begins with a meal between Jesus, tax collectors and notorious sinners. • The religious leaders dislike Jesus table manners and begin to murmur, • In response to their murmuring, Jesus tells three stories… That really rocks their world. • Then he tells the story of a lost sheep…. • Secondly he tells the story of a lost coin…. • Then he tells a third story of a man that had two sons. Through each of these stories Jesus challenges the relirious categories of Sin, Salvation and the world around them. This week we are diving into the third of Jesus’ three parables, is the longest and most famous. It is a story about a family—a father, an older son, and a younger son. Typically known as the Prodigal Son Parable.

From Series: "Prodigal God"

Landmarks and boundary stones were big pieces of ancient Jewish life. Most often there were just what their name suggests…similar to our surveying stakes they marked property lines…and the wisdom writer is suggesting that future generations not mess with the clear boundaries that have well been established by their forefathers…it’s a slippery slope that leads to conflict and confusion. Sometimes, those landmarks were memorials that had been set up by previous generations to mark a place that God did something special among his people. They were reminders of a divine visitation or supernatural deliverance…and when future generations would pass by those ancient landmarks, parents could testify to their children of God’s power and faithfulness and pass their faith on to the next generation. Today is one of those days for Northplace Church. As we journey together, we have intentionally journeyed into this conversation to point you to an incredible landmark in Northplace’s history. About 10 years ago, I was given a book by Tim Keller called The Prodigal God. It’s a study of Jesus’ parable that we grew up calling The Parable of the Prodigal Son. This little book has had more impact on my life than any other book outside the bible. It so deeply transformed me that I had to find a way to have a similar conversation with the church. I wanted what God was doing in my to happen in the church. So we launched a small group campaign around the study. I didn’t want to just teach it on the weekend, I want the church to be immersed in a study of this parable throughout the week. This was the basically the beginning of our small group ministry almost a decade. The first time we ever got together in a church wide effort to study scripture together in homes was the study around this parable almost 10 years ago. I knew going into it that it was going to be a strategic moment in the history of our church because I had been shaken to the core…but I don’t think I realized at the time how much it transformed us. Standing from this vantage point…10 years later and looking back…I can clearly see that those 6 weeks in 2009 were the tipping point that formed Northplace Church into what it is today. Our understanding of the grace of God, our belief in the extravagant love of God, our heart for people who don’t know Jesus, our passion for the least, the last and the lost, forgotten people in forgotten places…all has its roots that go back to that original study of this parable. The words we use in our corporate language and the unique culture of this church were forged in that study

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