"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November 16 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 4-6

What is the ‘REAL’ SIGNIFICANCE of WATER BAPTISM? "How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection…" (Romans 6:2-5)

In ancient times, baptism was an act to identify with a particular group. The word ‘baptism’ comes from the Greek word ‘baptizo’ which means to dip, immerse or submerge. In the Jewish culture, baptism was a rite of passage for a Gentile who converted into Judaism. It was a purification rite of the washing away the old life of pagan thinking and embracing Jehovah as the One True God. It was John the Baptist who introduced baptism by inviting both Jews and Gentiles to the baptism of repentance in order to get right with God.

A Christian baptism or believer’s baptism is associated with a confession of faith and repentance of sins just like an ancient soldier’s oath of loyalty. It is a public confession and witness of the inward faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is associated with both repentance (Acts 2:38) and discipleship (Matthew 28:19), and indicates our union with Jesus Christ as we identify with His death, burial and resurrection.

For us who have died to the world and in Christ, the death of one way of life means that we have a new glorious normal reality so that we can walk in the ‘newness of life’. Through baptism, we put on Christ (Gal. 3:27). To be in Christ through baptism is to share in His life, in His death, and in His resurrection. This is the real significance of baptism!

Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." (John 3:5)

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