II Corinthians 5:6-9
That tension should make us yield ourselves more fully to God's word, His commandments, and His presence and control in our lives.
For those who long for God, the promise will create a burning desire to grow into a deeper fellowship with Him.
The things we do as a church are to help you grow in your personal knowledge of and relationship to God.
Stages of a love relationship
c. publicly profess- wedding
Stages of relationship with God
a. recognize the price that was paid
b. not only recognize, but confess
c. publicly profess - baptism (Romans 6:3-4)