New names indicate new realities. Throughout the Bible, God enters a life and changes it forever, many times signified by a new name. In baptism, we too are named. It can be daunting to realize we have a new reality after baptism. We are declared to be children of God and are brought into the direct family line as siblings of Christ. Everyone has deep hopes for fulfillment of life and salvation, and Jesus’ answer to them all is, “I am. I am the bread of life. I am the living water. I am the light of the world. In me you will find life, truth and the way.” Let us be filled and fulfill the names given us by God. How will you live the name Christian? What will others see in those named Arlington Church of the Brethren?
Sermon title from Shirley Ellis, 1964 song title, for sermon titles from classic songs series. The song is ”Spirit of God! Descend.” The sermon, service and this week’s tweets reference Boring and Craddock, Rodger Nishioka, and Joseph Russell.
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