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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


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