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Transcript of Baptism
To immerse in, dip under, or wash clean
Set Goals & Pray
As you continue to share the gospel with people, has anyone received it? How can you encourage them this week to be baptized?
Who else do you need to share the gospel with this week?
Take time to practice teaching one another about baptism so that you can share it with others.
Discovery Bible Study (SOS):
What does it
What do I need to
Who do I need to
What does it
Looking at verses 3-4, what does baptism symbolize?
Accountability for next time we meet:
How have you obeyed Jesus' command to be baptized (Mt. 28:18-20)?
Are you encouraging those you disciple to be baptized?
How did it go sharing the gospel this week?
What is baptism?
When a couple gets married they make vows with one another and exchange rings. The rings are a symbol of the vows, or covenant, they have made with one another.
In the same way, when God brings us into relationship with Him, He makes a covenant with us that He will never leave or forsake us and that we will always belong to Him. He has also given us a “wedding ring” as a symbol of His covenant with us. It’s called baptism.
Baptism is an outward expression of the inward reality of our covenant with God. Just like a husband and wife exchange rings as they make their vows, we get to be baptized as soon as we are saved as a way of publicly identifying with Jesus. Today we’re going to look at what it means to identify with Jesus.
Baptism symbolizes our oneness with Jesus in His death and resurrection.
When we are baptized in water, we are publicly identifying with Christ in His death (verse 3). It symbolizes our old self being crucified and buried with Christ.
When we come up out of the water, we are publicly identifying with His resurrection (verse 4). It is a symbol that we have been resurrected with Christ, and that the same power that raised Him from the dead now lives in us, empowering us to follow Him and do the very things He did.
His death has become our death, and His life has become our life.
– I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.
Being baptized doesn’t save you. We are not saved by any work we do, but by Jesus’ finished and complete work on the cross.
- For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
But baptism is the very first thing God commands us to do as a means of publicly identifying with Him:
"As you go, make disciples [followers/learners], baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit..." (Mt. 28:18-20)
In the Bible, new followers of Jesus would always be baptized immediately (Acts 2:41, 8:36-38, 9:1-19, 10:44-48, 16:25-33, 18:8).
What do you need to
If you haven’t been baptized, are you willing to do so as a demonstration of dying to your old self and living completely surrendered to Jesus? When do you want to be baptized?
Who do you need to
this with this week?
Has anyone you shared the gospel with chosen to follow Jesus and now needs to be baptized?
What does it
According to the rest of the passage, what does it look like to live as one who has been buried with Christ?
What does it look like to walk in newness of life?