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January 28, 2018, 10:00 AM

Great Commission Baptizing - questions


The following questions and suggestions are designed to help facilitate group discussion, but they may also be useful for personal reflection.   If used in a group setting the facilitator may pick and choose which are best for the group time.  These are meant to relate to the sermon on January 28, 2018, "Great Commission Baptizing."  You are welcome to let me know if this is helpful and communicate your suggestions: pastormark@lawnbaptist.com.

 

1.  Start with praying or with some ice-breaker if the group would benefit, then pray.

2.  Ask if anyone in the group was baptized in a different tradition and if they are willing to describe the event and the meaning that they understood at the time.  Make sure the group discussion is considerate and open-minded.

3.  Have you ever thought about why we in a very non-liturgical tradition still require the physical act of baptism?  What is the point of saying that the water does not bring salvation but to still require it?

4.  In the sermon we read about Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3:13-17.  It is also described in Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; and referred to in John 1:32-34.  Identify and discuss the involvement of each person of the Trinity in Jesus’ baptism.

5.  Read or have people read the following:  Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:48, and Acts 19:5.  What is the phrase that is repeated in each verse?  What does it mean to be baptized into the name of Jesus?  Is that different from baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

6.  Discuss the reasons and meaning of baptism.  Which is most important and why?

  • Obedience
  • New covenant participation
  • Picture of rebirth
  • Re-inaction of death, burial and resurrection
  • Picture of cleansing
  • Unity of the body of Christ

7.  Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-13.  Why is it important to be baptized into the body of Christ?  How do you consider unity with the global and eternal church through baptism even if the method differs?

8.  The following is from the 2000 version of the Baptist Faith and Message:

Article VII. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.  It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.  Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper. (The B F&M lists many scripture references along with each article.)

Notice please that our teaching and practice complies except that recently we have not required immersion for participation in the Lord’s Supper. 

If you would like to consider similar but lengthier teaching on this topic, I recommend listening to or reading the transcript of David Platt’s message found at: http://www.radical.net/sermons/sermons/baptism-identification-with-the-new-covenant




January 21, 2018, 11:00 AM

Great Commission Fruit - questions


Group questions for "Great Commission Fruit," presented on 21 January 2018.

1.  What is your favorite mission story?  For fun tell a few stories that you witnessed or have read about.

2.  Pray now for the mission of the church and whatever else the group presents as requests.

3.  If you have not read Matthew 28:18-20 recently, read it aloud.  How about memorizing it?

4.  Where did Jesus intend for his disciples to go when he gave this command?

5.  In the sermon Mark said that within a few years of the resurrection there were Christians on at least three continents.  Which are the continents, or what are some cities in those continents.  For clues read the Book of Acts or look at a map.

6.  How do we know stategically where to go today?  Is there a particular place or group of people that God has been bringing to your attention?

7.  Define what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

8.  Briefly survey the end of each of the four gospels and Acts 1.  Pick out as many of the post-resurrection appearances as you can find.  Compare the commands of Jesus in those stories to Matthew 28:18-20.

9.  Name church activities and events coming up in the Spring and Summer.  Think about how they line up with our mission statement or not.  Pray.

Lawn Baptist Church is helping people locally and globally to become life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.

 




January 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Great Commission Authority - questions


The following questions and suggestions are designed to help facilitate group discussion, but they may also be useful for personal reflection.   If used in a group setting the facilitator may pick and choose which are best for the group time.  These are meant to relate to the sermon on January 14, 2018, "Great Commission Authority."  You are welcome to let me know if this is helpful and communicate your suggestions: pastormark@lawnbaptist.com

1.  Before discussing the topic, were there any God inspired moments, events, or conversations in the past week that you want to mention?

2.  Prayer requests - spend some time praying and not just for sick people.

3.  Consider the Great Commission as a covenant:

      a.  the king identifies himself

      b.  specific tasks are given to the subjects of the covenant

      c.  the king makes promises of provision and protection if the covenant is kept

4.  Identify the parts of verses 18-20 that match the elements of a covenant.  Compare to the call of Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3.  See the common thread of God's redemptive mission.  God selects - God blesses - his servants obey - so that the nations are redeemed to God and reflect his glory.

5.  How is Jesus' kingdom present and "with you always?"  See John 14:16-17, 26.

6.  When was/is the end of the age?  See Matthew 24, more specifically verses 9-14 and 30-35.

7.  How is Jesus' work made visible and real in this age?

8.  Is Jesus' authority still real and present?  Are we still subjcets of this covenant and commission?  If so, how are you complying?

9.  Discuss tangible ways our church is or is not demonstrating the authority of Jesus and how we might improve.

10.  Pray for the leadership of the local church to know God's voice in unity and for the congregation to follow in unity.

 


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