Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 7/16/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Listen as Pastor Steve discusses baptism and your role in baptism.

Baptism represents cleansing. Baptism doesn’t make us clean. Jesus makes us clean, but baptism is a picture of our cleansing.

Jesus offers a fresh start or a reboot. Baptism is a picture of that fresh start.

As you watch a baptism, you are not a spectator. Instead you have the role of examiner. Not to examine those being baptized, but to examine your own heart to see if you are dead to sin and alive in Christ.

You also have the role of encourager. To cheer on those being baptized. Not just today, but also next week and next year and beyond. The Bible tells us we are to encourage one another.

Freedom: That Thing You Keep Forgetting to Value

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 7/2/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.

It is easy to take freedom for granted. Americans do it. Christians do it. It is human nature to take for granted anything that has been granted.

Christ gives us freedom. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from Shame. Freedom from meaninglessness. God can bring redemption from everything that happens and in the redemption, we can find meaning. Freedom from death and hell. Freedom from the power of sin.

What does it look like to live free? Living a life of love (Galatians 5:14). Walking by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16). Honoring the freedom you have received (Galatians 5:13).