How is baptism different from a bath?      

Summary: Baptism is the next step in our Christian life after putting our faith in Christ.  Through baptism, we are buried with Christ and raised together to walk in newness of life.

A. Believing and being baptized making salvation complete: 

Read  Mark 16:16 and ask the following questions:

            • What appears to be the main idea emphasized in this verse?
            • If you aren’t baptized, are you condemned?
            • Why is baptism important for a Christian?

B. Old Testament Pictures

In your group, pick one of the Old Testament accounts below and show how it foreshadows baptism in the New Testament.

            • Read 1 Peter 3:20-21. Discuss with your group the picture of baptism shown by Noah and the flood in Genesis 6-9.
            • Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-2. Consider the Israelites crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 14). How do we see a depiction of baptism?

C. Baptism in the New Testament

How are the following four verses below related to baptism? Choose one point to focus on for discussion.

            • Baptized into the Name, the Person, of the Triune God – Matthew 28:19
            • Baptized into the Death of Christ – Romans 6:4
      • What does baptism save us “from”? What does it save us “into”? How is this different from being saved from condemnation merely?
      • Share with one another your personal experience of baptism. If you haven’t yet been baptized since believing in Christ, what prevents you?  
      • How is what the bible says concerning baptism similar or different from those that have influenced you? (such as your family, culture, peers, church, etc.)
      • In light of  what we have discussed, how can we pray for each other right now?
Consider one person in your life who needs the Lord. How can we bring Christ to them this week?
 
Some examples of ways to bring Christ to people:
      • Pray that their hearts would be soft and opened.
      • If the opportunity presents itself, tell them what you learned this week about what the Bible says concerning the baptism.
      • Show them they matter to you by spending quality time with them (e.g. workout, get lunch, study together, etc.)
      • Encourage them through a phone call, video call, or text message.
      • Ask for their perspective about things going on around them in the world.

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