The Bible tells us that Jesus is God incarnate; He is God the Son, eternally one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He alone can forgive our sins and give salvation. The writer of Hebrews explains how "in the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:1-3). Many people believe that Jesus lived, was a good teacher and a very spiritual man, but they deny that He is God. A diluted Jesus is not the real Jesus. We must be careful to believe in the Jeus that He himself declared He was, "not be[ing] led astray from [our] sincere and pure devotion to Christ" (2 Corinthans 11:3). Here are seven declarations and actions of Jesus that show us who He believed He was and is.
Jesus said He was God.
"But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "he has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy." Matthew 26:63-65
"I and the Father are one.' Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, 'I have shown you may great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?' 'We are not stoning you for any of these,' replied the Jews, 'but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God." John 10:30-33
Jesus said He came from heaven, God's eternal dwelling place.
"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the wil of him who sent me." John 6:38
"I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father." John 16:28
Jesus said He was sinless, as God alone is without sin.
"Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?" John 8:46
Jesus forgave sin.
"When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'" Mark 2:5
"Then Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven.' The other guests began to say among themselves, 'who is this who even forgives sins?'" Luke 7:48,49
Jesus said He was the only way to heaven.
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" John 14:6
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.'" John 11:25
Jesus accepted worship as God.
"Then those who were in the boat worshiped him Jesus, saying, 'Truly you are Son of God.'" Matthew 14:33
"Then the man said, 'Lord Jesus, I believe,' and he worshiped him." John 9:38
Jesus performed miracles including raising others and Himself from the dead.
"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people." Matthew 4:23
Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. Matthew 17:18
"As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out--the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, 'Don't cry.' Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, 'Young man, I say to you, get up!' The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother." Luke 7:12-15
"When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The ded man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go.'" John 11:43,44
"In their fright the women bowed with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 'Why do yu look for the living among the dead? He [Jesus] is not here, he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Then they remembered his words." Luke 24:5-8
The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heartfelt commitment to Christ. People often have questions regarding baptism. Why should I be baptized? I've already been baptized. Do I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked? Below, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions concerning the subject of baptism.
Why should I be baptized?
1. To follow the example set by Christ. Mark 1:9
2. Because Christ commanded it. Matthew 28:19-20
3. It demonstrates I am a Believer. 1 John 2:3
What does baptize mean?
The word baptize comes from the Greek word "baptizo" which means "to dip or immerse." It illustrates Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
Why be baptized by immersion?
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way. Matthew 3:16a
2. Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
3. It best symbolized a burial and resurrection. Romans 6:3-4
Who should be baptized?
Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others that someone has personally trusted Jesus for their salvation. Every peron who believes in Jesus should be baptized. Having decided to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, they follow Him in baptism as a symbol of their new life in Him.
When should I be baptized?
As soon as you have believed in Christ for salvation. Acts 8:12
What do I wear?
Dress in clothes you don't mind getting wet! You should wear a dark shirt and shorts. Remember to bring a change of clothes to wear home. There is a changing room available. Please bring a towel. Arrive 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to begin for some last-minute intructions.
If you would like to be baptized or if you have any other questions about it, please contact our Associate Pastor, Dave Semones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a membership information class bi-monthly. Our intent is to provide you with the necessary information about our church so you can make an informed prayerful decision about calling CCWR your church home. This class allows us the opportunity to present our history, core values and governmental structure.
At CCWR, we believe that saved people serve people. God has given each person a gift to equip us to serve so that the body of Christ may be built up. There are many opportunities to serve at CCWR, and we want you to find the one that best suits your passion, personality, availibility, and gifting.
The first step to serving at CCWR is to attend a membership class. If you have already joined CCWR and are ready to serve, take a look at the ministry opportunites we have and contact the pastor of that department. If you're not sure which ministry is right for you, please contact Dave Semones at email@example.com.
If you are currently serving and need to fill out a background check, you can do that here. Just follow the instructions, and when asked, click volunteer.