Baptism Challenge - Day 19

Welcome to Day 19 of the Baptism Challenge! 

 

Here's the scripture in today's video: Romans 8:15-16

Each day, I'll be including the Scripture of the day in 3 different versions: ESV, NIV, and KJV. If you have a preferred translations at your church, great. Hopefully it's one of these. It can be helpful to compare various translations to get a feel of the full texture of what the Scripture is saying. 

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  (English Standard Version)

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  (New International Version)

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. (King James Version)

Apostles Creed memorization video:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
      creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
     and born of the virgin Mary.
     He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died, and was buried;
     he descended to hell.
     The third day he rose again from the dead.
     He ascended to heaven
     and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
     From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy catholic church,
     the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Apostle’s Creed mentions the “communion of the saints.” When you were saved you were adopted into a huge, multi-generational family with many brothers and sisters. Read Romans 8:15-16

 

15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

 

There will be times in your Christian journey that Satan tempts you to think you are alone, but you are not alone! Not only does God promise to never leave you, when you are a Christian you are part of an ever growing group of people who, just like you, are completely sold out to follow Jesus. We have all been adopted into God’s family and the Spirit bears witness to us that we are children of God. We enjoy that connection with all Christians both past and present. Before you were a Christian, you might have thought you were doing your own thing. The reality is you were a slave to Satan and sin. Today’s passage teaches us that God doesn’t want us to be slaves. He has adopted us into His family as His children! There’s a big difference between the way a slave serves their master and the way a son serves his father. Slaves are motivated by fear and duty. Sons are motivated by love and glad obedience. We serve our Heavenly Father not out of fear or obligation but out of love and a desire to please Him. 

 

Challenge: Keep memorizing the Apostle’s Creed