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"Who Am I Becoming?"

We are beginning the last leg of our Believe Series. Our 30-week journey has been divided into 3 sections, as we have examined the scriptures to learn what we believe and how to live out our faith.
Our Christian faith involves core beliefs which include: belief in God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), that He is a personal God, that there is salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ, that the Bible is God’s message of truth for us, that we become God’s children through faith in Christ, that humanity is eternally lost without Jesus Christ, that believers should have compassion towards others, that we are expected to be good stewards of God’s blessings, and that we have a wonderful future awaiting us in God’s glorious kingdom (which we often call heaven). So we began by seeking to “think like Jesus.”

The second leg of our Believe studies have been about how we practice what we believe. If we don’t do what we say we believe– then we might as well just be honest and say we’re just being superstitious. How do we practice living-out our beliefs? We seek to “act like Jesus.” We have been reading what the Bible says about the importance of things like: worship, prayer, Bible Study, single-minded (keeping our eyes on Jesus), and total surrender to Christ. We have been encouraging one another to share biblical community, by loving one another. We have learned about the importance of serving Jesus with our spiritual gifts, and with our time, and resources. We have been encouraged to share our faith with those who don’t know Jesus. We are encouraged to continue to live in ways that model how Jesus lived. We may be the 1st impression of Jesus that others have.

This week we are beginning the third section of our Believe course. Hopefully as we act like Jesus, we will become more and more like Jesus. John the apostle of Jesus writes: 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. (1 John 3.2) There are many attributes that might show Christian character, but we will examine only ten of them. In the book of Galatians, we read about the “fruit of the Spirit.” These are outward indications that the Holy Spirit is at work in someone. So we will be seeking to apply to our spiritual lives these characteristics: love, joy, peace, self-control, hope, patience, kindness/goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and humility.

These spiritual attributes will not happen, or be consistent right away. They are areas where we must seek to grow, and allow the Holy Spirit to change us, and help us mature. The verse above reminds us that “we will be like him” when we see Jesus face to face. We will never be perfect as long as we’re living on earth, but we can be improving, and becoming more like Him. And, as we strive to become more like Jesus, there will be others around us who may also be inspired to walk like Him as well. That’s part of our goal as we share this Believe journey...that we encourage one another.

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branched. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15. 5). So lets continue forward in our endeavor to become more like Jesus by staying connected to Him in our minds, our action, and our motives and attitudes.

May God Continue to Bless your spiritual journey!





Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.



Contact Information...

First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975