Monthly Archives: January 2012

Incarnational Theology from Rev Fisk

For those of you out there looking for a tangible kingdom, flesh put on the Words of Christ, the reality of the Kingdom of God, watch the video.  When preachers stick to the Word of God, embrace it, and become consumed by it, God does great things.  When preachers embrace things that are a little more earthy and, well, man made, strange things happen.  As for me and my house, we’ll stick with the Word.

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Epiphany 1 and the Baptism of Jesus — I am Baptized into Christ

Today the church observed the Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River by His cousin, John the Baptist.  Christ born under the law, took upon Himself our sin in the waters of the Jordan.  He cleansed that water, purified so that in the waters of our Baptism we might be made holy and righteous, receiving the gift of faith and the very Spirit of God.  Because of what Christ has done for us, we can gladly, confidently, assertively say:  “I am Baptized into Christ!!”  This is a phrase that is repeated in the Hymn, “God’s Own Child I’ll Gladly Say It!” which was added to the Lutheran Service Book as #594.

God’s own child, I gladly say it: I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it, gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any that brought me salvation free,
Lasting to eternity!

Jesus gave the full price for our redemption, what greater treasure can we have?  We can boldly say:  “I am Baptized into Christ!”  This is such a firm and blessed assurance that neither sin nor death need bother us.  And we can proclaim it to Satan himself, as Christ did  for us.

Below is a video from the Coram Deo Higher Things Conference in Atlanta where a group of Lutheran youth, 400+ strong sing this wonderful hymn.  As God’s child, gladly say it — better yet, sing along — I am baptized into Christ!

God’s own child, I gladly say it: I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it, gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any that brought me salvation free,
Lasting to eternity!

Sin, disturb my soul no longer: I am baptized into Christ!
I have comfort even stronger: Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.
Should a guilty conscience seize me
Since my baptism did release me in a dear forgiving flood,
Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?

Satan, hear this proclamation: I am baptized into Christ!
Drop your ugly accusation; I am not so soon enticed.
Now that to the font I’ve traveled,
All your might has come unraveled, and, against your tyranny,
God, my Lord, unites with me!

Death, you cannot end my gladness: I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness to inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:
Baptism has the strength divine to make life immortal mine.

There is nothing worth comparing to this lifelong comfort sure!
Open-eyed my grave is staring: Even there I’ll sleep secure.
Though my flesh awaits its raising,
Still my soul continues praising:
I am baptized into Christ; I’m a child of paradise!

Text: Erdmann Neumester (1671-1756), Tr. Robert E. Voelker (b. 1957)
Tune: BACHOFEN – Johann Caspar Bachofen (1695-1755, alt.)
Christian Worship Supplement 
737:2-5/Lutheran Service Book 594:1-5

Christianity Today’s New Global Gospel Project — A Focus on….. (you’ll love the next Word)….. Catechesis

Making Disciples Today: Christianity Today’s New Global Gospel Project | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

With this issue of Christianity Today, we embark afresh on such an enterprise. We are calling it the Global Gospel Project (GGP), resources for a full-orbed discipleship of heart, mind, soul, and strength.

Christianity Today is setting out on a life long learning project designed to make disciples.  In the churches that make up the “evangelical” world and that pioneered the Church Growth Movement throughout the world, leaders have noticed that there is a hunger for deeper teaching of the Word, a hunger for *gasp* doctrine.

We are constantly assured that the churches are empty because preachers insist too much upon doctrine—dull dogma as people call it. The fact is the precise opposite. It is the neglect of dogma that makes for dullness. The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man—and the dogma is the drama. Read the rest of this entry