Week THIRTEEN -- August 21-27
Overview - Baptism
Overview: What does the Bible teach about baptism? Baptism is one of the most important beliefs of Christianity, but why? The word translated into English as baptism is from the Greek word baptizo , meaning “to dip into” or “immerse.” Jesus’ baptism by John publicly identified Him with a sinful world. Baptism represents our faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
It also pictures our new life and symbolizes our identification with Christ. Baptism is a clear, public demonstration of Jesus being the Lord of our lives. Allow God’s word to deepen your understanding of baptism, and let this week be a reflection on when you came to know Jesus and publicly identified with Him through baptism. Also, allow the Scriptures to help you think of someone in your life who needs to experience the life-giving salvation through Jesus Christ. Use this week to help you pray that those who don’t know Him will realize the greatness of God and submit their lives to His Lordship.
Read Acts 19:1-6
What do you learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)? How is He described?
What do you learn about man? How do people act or respond in the passage?
In a sentence or two summarize what you have learned from this passage.
Where are you in the story? Ask yourself these questions: Is there an example to follow, sin to avoid, command to obey or promise to claim?
How does this passage help you pray and live in obedience today?
Reflect on this week's study:
- What is one passage or principle that stood out to you? Why?
- How did your time in the word this week challenge you?
- What is one step of obedience you want to carry with you from this point forward?