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16 January, 2022Pastor Mark SchultzZero Gravity

They are known as PFD's - personal flotation devices, also known as a life jacket, life preserver, life vest.

PFD's are designed to be worn by a person to prevent them from drowning in a body of water. It keeps the wearer of the device afloat with their head and mouth above the surface. It gives protection, it gives confidence, it gives assurance and security when trying something new. But a PFD is only beneficial if you are wearing it. Whether just sitting in the boat, or being pulled this way and that on a biscuit, wakeboard or ski, you are safe. When you are tired from swimming and just want to float, it enables you to rest and relax. It gives the wearer bouyancy in every circumstance.

 As we step into 2022, God has given us a PFD - a personal faith device that gives buoyancy in every circumstance and enables you to try new things with confidence. We'll explore and experience that this weekend.

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Luke 3:15-18; 21-22 

15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.

21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.  Luke 3:21-22a

Baptism is God's PFD that lifts you up, holds you up and enables you to live with determined buoyancy.

  1. When it comes to swimming, do you find it easy to remain buoyant and floating, or do you find you keep sinking?
  2. When it comes to living in faith, do you find it easy to remain buoyant with your head above water, or do you constantly find yourself sinking? Why is that?
  3. What's the one thing you will take away from the sermon today to apply to your living in the weeks ahead?

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