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The embrace of Baptism

Therefor go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20

After you’ve taken the initial step to follow Christ you can’t just keep that kind of excitement to yourself. You have to let the world know about your new journey. That’s why Jesus calls every one of his followers to the symbolic act of Water Baptism. This simple declaration of your faith, is your way of telling those around you that the sins of your past have been washed away and you now enjoy the freedom of forgiveness. Going into the water symbolizes your old way of living, coming up out of the water symbolizes a brand new you, only made possible by the free gift of salvation through Jesus 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?”

 All of these questions and more will be answered at our fellowship. 

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We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it. Jesus has come to redeem where it is wrong and heal the world where it is broken. His miracles are not just proofs that he has power but also wonderful foretastes of what he is going to do with that power. Jesus' miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming. - Timothy J. Keller

Since the beginning of time, people have always been tempted to do their own thing. When doing our own thing contradicts God’s will, His plans, or His desires for our life, we find ourselves separated from God. Willful separation from God is a simple definition of sin.  

John 3:16 says that God loves the world and He doesn’t want us to be separated from Him. This verse describes that separation as “perishing” or suffering. In other words when we are separated from God we are disconnected from the ultimate source of life. That means the end result of that separation is death. But God wanted humanity to live forever in relationship with him. So he sent His Son, Jesus to help us understand God’s will and to reconnect us back to God giving us the ability to live forever.  

The most amazing part about Jesus coming to earth was his willingness to “perish” or suffer in our place. He took the result or penalty of sin upon himself, and willingly went to a cross to die in our place so we would never have to experience death as a permanent separation from God. In fact he proved that physical death would not be permanent by rising from the dead himself (Romans 5).

His death and resurrection cleared the only possible path for all humanity to return to a relationship with God. That’s why He said that He was the only way to God (John 14:6) because nobody has ever made the path back to God more accessible. The amazing thing is that the reason He did that, was simply because He loved you!

HELP THOSE IN NEED, BE A VOLUNTEER

Our volunteers at River of Love are Heroes, they are truly the force behind everything that takes place here on the weekend and during the week . We understand that many people look at the size of River of Love Community and think they can’t possibly make a difference, the truth is you can.

God’s vision for this church is to connect, renew and grow all people in Christ. We cannot fulfill that vision without our volunteers. Everyone can make a difference, and that includes you. God is changing hundreds of lives every week at River of Love Community, and behind every changed life are the faces of our volunteers. Whether it’s helping guests find a seat, holding an infant, operating sound system or anything in between, our volunteers are connectors to the power of Christ. There is simply no greater joy than to know you are used by God in a way that makes an eternal impact on others. Go ahead and jump into volunteering and become a part of what God is doing through River of Love. It’s a decision you won’t regret. 

How do I volunteer at River of Love? Simply talk to the Pastor or one of the Elders and we will begin the process of connecting you to the right area of ministry here at River of Love.

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others."

Philippians 2: 3-4

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River of Love Christian Fellowship, Gondolier, Tarxien Road, Għaxaq, GXQ 2902, Malta, (EU)

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Phone: +356 2748 3748