Wednesday
Mar302016

Current Series: ROOTS

If you buy a tree from the nursery and plant it in your front yard, your desired outcome is a tree that will sink it's roots into the soil, mature, and grow to be big and strong. Maybe you even have visions of children playing in its branches or families enjoying its shade on a hot day. We certainly want it to be around for a long time and don't want it to blow over at the next strong breeze.

God's desire is for us to be "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither..." (Psalm 1:3).

Join us as we talk about what it looks like to have roots that go deep, have the strength to hold in any storm, and lead to greater flourishing.

Tuesday
Mar012016

Why Water Baptism?

Water baptism has been practiced throughout the history of the church starting in the book of Acts (Acts 2:418:12; 8:38; 10:47-48 to name a few) and in every century following. Many churches consider baptism a sacrament (an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given to us, as directed by Jesus). So water baptism is no small deal. The following will be a helpful guide to know why it is so important, thus giving meaning to why followers of Jesus do what they do.

*Jesus Himself was baptized with water at the beginning of his ministry as recorded in Mark 1:4-11 and Luke 3:21. We are to model our lives after Jesus.

*Jesus instructed his followers to be baptized with water in Matthew 28:19-20. Water baptism is not a requirement for salvation but is a demonstration of our obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Receiving Jesus as savior and king is the only prerequisite for water baptism. When we receive salvation as an act of grace by faith, we take part in his death, burial and resurrection. We go from dead to alive. When we go under the water in baptism, it represents the dying to an old way of life, then we come up out of the water, we are "resurrected" to a new life.

*Water baptism simply signifies what has already taken place. So, water baptism is a physical demonstration of a spiritual reality.

Romans 6:1-5 describes it like this. "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his."

*Water baptism identifies us with Jesus publically. We are making a public confession of a personal decision. We are also saying that we belong not only to Jesus, but to the global, historical and local Church. It is impossible to baptize yourself. We need others and baptism is a visible declaration of this reality.

Here are a few details about water baptism at Mill City Church.

*We practice baptism by immerision. The Greek verb baptidzo means “to immerse.” Being submerged under water is a picture of being fully washed and cleansed by the work of Jesus.

*We do water baptisms once every semester (spring, summer, fall).

*For more details or questions email baptism@millcitychurch.org. To register for our next water baptism click HERE.

Friday
Feb122016

BABY DEDICATION: ZOE BONE

Congratulations Ian and Katie! It was an honor to dedicate Zoe to God at Mill City this past weekend. We stand alongside you as you raise and train her in the ways of Jesus. What a beautiful life!

Dedicated 2.7.16 // We dedicate babies out a heart of gratefulness to God, recognizing that children are a gift from Him, much like Hannah dedicated her son Samuel in I Samuel 1:26-28. Baby dedications happen at Mill City on the third Sunday of every month. To schedule a dedication email: info@millcitychurch.org 

Photo by: Matt Larsen

Tuesday
Feb022016

BABY DEDICATION: JAMES STOCKTON

It was an honor to dedicate James Stockton to the Lord at Mill City Church this past weekend. Congratulations Ashley and Brandon, what a joy to celebrate this new life with you! We stand with you as you raise him in the ways of the Lord.

Dedicated 1.31.16 // We dedicate babies out of a heart of gratefulness to God, recognizing that children are a gift from Him, much like Hannah dedicated her son Samuel in I Samuel 1:26-28. Baby dedications happen at Mill City on the third Sunday of every month. To schedule a dedication email: info@millcitychurch.org 

Photo by: Rose Foos
Thursday
Dec312015

Current Series: (RE)PRAY

When you pray, what do you say? Are you paying attention to what comes out of your mouth? What are you asking for? Are you saying what you have always heard?

Join us as we take a look at what we pray, what the first followers of Jesus prayed, and how our view of prayer can be expanded and shaped by God's purposes and desires.