AUDIO MESSAGE — Baptism is a beautiful picture of what it means to be washed clean, not on the outside, but on the inside. When we’ve been washed clean through the power of the Cross we are invited to walk boldly into the presence of God.
I believe that God is proud of us for how far we’ve come and not a tyrant who is looking at all the things we haven’t yet learned or done. Sometimes we are so focused on what we haven’t yet cleaned up that we can’t see what we’ve done that is good.
Sometimes I think we consider that it’s the cross plus… the cross plus my good behaviour… the cross plus my gifts and talents… the cross plus obedience. But it’s just the cross. The cross was enough to clean us inside and out, there’s nothing we can do to make it any better.
Guilt and shame are a heavy burden that makes us believe that the cross is not enough and that there is something else we need to do, something else we need to bring to the table to make things better. But Jesus came to once and for all to take away the sin of the world.
This short message was a transition between baptism and communion recorded at my home church.
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Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.