#8 Jesus Gave Baptism To His Church

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SCRIPTURE

ROMANS 6:3-7 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.

BIG IDEA

Baptism is all about Jesus. It is a picture of Jesus’ death and burial for sin, and his resurrection from death to eternal life, as the conqueror of satan, sin, and death. In Romans 6:3-7, the Apostle Paul tells us at least 4  things that baptism is a picture of for those who are in Christ: 1) Baptism shows Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection. 2) Baptism shows that Christians spiritually died and their sin was buried with Jesus, and that they are now free from both the penalty and power of sin and can walk in a new life. 3) Baptism shows that Christians will physically die because of sin, but will one day victoriously resurrect to be with Jesus and like Jesus- sinless, perfect, and fully satisfied. 4) Baptism shows that our old self, that was enslaved to sin, was crucified with Jesus. Because Jesus died for sin, those in Christ are set free from their slavery to Satan and sin and are made slaves to Jesus and righteousness. Sin is no longer the master of Christians, Jesus is. Christians can say “no!” to sin and “yes!” to Jesus, by God’s grace, through the work of the Holy Spirit that lives in all believers. Because Jesus is alive we get to live a new life with Jesus, like Jesus, and for Jesus’ glory. Baptism shows all of this. Glory to Christ!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Q.1 Was there anything from Sunday’s Sermon or the Big Idea that was new to you or had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind?

Q.2 What stands out to you in Romans 6:3-7 and why?

Q.3 Why do Christians have hope that death is victory? Isn’t it arrogant to claim to know what happens after death?

Q.4 Discuss how your whole outlook on life and death changes when you understanding and believe that your sin and sinfulness died when Jesus died. *For clarification, see point #2 in the Big Idea and Romans 6:3-4
What other Scripture(s) can you think of that represent the same idea that Baptism portrays as far as the Christian’s sin and sinfulness being put to death because of Jesus?

Q.5 Discuss sins that you used to be addicted (enslaved) to, but by Jesus freeing you from slavery to sin, these things have changed or are changing. *For clarification, see Romans 6:6-7.
*Pray in thanksgiving to God who, in Christ, has freed us from the penalty of sin and is freeing us from the power of sin in our lives. Thank God that he changes us! 

Q.6 What are you currently addicted to; what do you need freedom from? Try and be specific and honest.
*Pray specifically for each other in light of your answers. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you a change of heart and freedom to love and serve Jesus, instead of loving and serving sin. 

Q.7 Discuss the hope that the Christian can have in the midst of battling with certain sins, knowing that they will one day be gloriously resurrected like Jesus and with Jesus- free from sin, perfect, and satisfied in Jesus. *For clarification, see Romans 6:5.
*Pray for hope and strength to battle sin and put sin to death now, in light of our final resurrection with Jesus. 

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“Jesus Gave Baptism To His Church” was preached on February 24th, 2013 by Pastor Brett Baggett at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee.