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Iowa City Church Podcast

Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Jun 13, 2021

When a young man gets down on his knee and extends a box containing a ring to a young lady, it's very clear what is happening.  A marriage proposal is taking place.  If the young lady says "Yes", it will be very evident to all that this young couple is now engaged to be married; the relationship has been defined. 
Months later, this same couple will walk down an aisle and stand in front of an officiant and declare vows to love and cherish each other, in sickness and in health...until death do them apart.  Once the vows are said and the rings are in place, the minister will declare: "I know pronounce you husband and wife!"  No doubt remains, the relationship has been clearly defined, the couple is now married.  

Defining our relationships matter, especially when it comes to defining our relationship with Jesus.  For a lot of people their relationship with Jesus can be a bit ambiguous; especially when things aren't going so well.  Their can be feelings of doubt and uncertainty about where they stand in their relationship with Jesus. 
Baptism provides a clear pathway for one to define their relationship with Jesus.  The reason we know this to be true is because Jesus himself said so.  "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them..." (Matthew 28:19)  According to Jesus a relationship with him is called "being a disciple" and the initiation into this relationship is through baptism.

As the book of Acts opens there is a large crowd of people convicted about Jesus and desperately wanting to define their relationship with him.  To learn more about what happens and how it can impact your life and the lives of people you know, don't miss out on part three of Outside In.