Teaching About Baptism
Q and A for teaching someone about baptism.
Thinking about teaching someone about baptism? That is great! This is a big step in being a follower of Christ. We want to help you to teach and equip you to lead a discussion on what baptism is all about and what it means for us.
Baptism isn’t just something we do for fun, and it’s not just about tradition. Baptism is our obedient response to sharing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Like every act of obedience in scripture there is a blessing that goes along with it. Baptism then is about an attitude of obedience to the scriptures and is also about IDENITY. It’s saying- I’ve drawn a line in the sand, I’m sold out to this idea of being a follower of Christ and it’s a time to publicly celebrate that decision.
We are very excited that you are helping someone take this step, and look forward to celebrating with you helping someone grow in their relationship with Jesus!
So why do we believe in baptism?
Read the following passages that help us better understand the challenges we face.
“As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one…For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10, 23
“… when we were still powerless … (Christ dies for the ungodly)” Romans 5:6
“…at that time you were separated from Christ… without hope and without God in the world: Ephesians 2:2
“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23
What challenges do we face? What is the result of these challenges?
Our attempts to find peace with God often fall short. What types of things have you done or have you observed others doing to find peace with God?_____________________________________________________________
The Bible clearly says that there is nothing we can do to find peace with a perfect God. We simply can’t measure up on our own.
“For he longs for all to be saved and to understand this truth: That God is on one side and all the people on the other side and Christ Jesus, himself man, is between them together, by giving his life for all mankind.” Timothy 2: 4, 6
Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth and the life.” John 14:6
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4, 5
For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal Life.” John 3:16
How do these verses make you feel about God? What should our response to God be based on his grace?
Our private commitment first of all includes “faith.”
What does it mean to you to have faith?
”But now God has shown us a different way to heaven – not by being good enough and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way though not new, really, for the scriptures told about it long ago (OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY). Now God says he will accept and acquit us declare us not guilty if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like.” Romans 3:21, 22
“With our faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6
“…faith by itself if it is not accompanied by action is dead.” James 2:17
In response to the above reading, what does it mean to have faith?
Time For A Change
Repentance is an inward change of mind, affections, convictions, and commitment. We literally change the direction we were headed and start heading in a new direction. When accompanied by faith in Jesus, repentance results in a public turning toward God and a life of those who heard about the opportunity of God’s grace…
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this, God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:36
The Jews knew what this meant. Jesus was their Messiah!
The people were deeply moved by Peter’s message. The text says, “They were cut to the heart.” They responded by saying to Peter and the other disciples by saying:
“Brothers, what shall we do?” Acts 2:37
They wanted to know how to respond to this conviction.
Peter replied by saying: ”Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19
What makes repentance difficult? How has it been difficult for you?
Our Words & Actions
Our private commitment first of all includes faith and repentance. Our public commitment includes confession and baptism.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9, 10
Explain the things that happened in your life that helped you realize your need for God? How did you hear about Jesus?
What helped you understand your need for Jesus? (Describe your feelings and thoughts…both positive and negative)
What did you do or say to take the first step in following Christ? (Where were you – what happened?)
What does it mean for you to confess “Jesus is Lord?”
What could being baptized communicate to your family and friends?
At The Life Church we believe baptism and following Christ go together. There are several reasons followers of Christ get baptized.
-Jesus was baptized (Mark 1:9)
-Jesus tells us to baptize and teach new disciples (Matt 28:19-20)
-New Christ followers always followed through with their commitment by being baptized. (Acts 18:8)
Beyond these reasons baptism also teaches and reminds us of our connection to Christ.
“Christ dies for our sins… He was buried…and He rose again.” 1Corinthians 15:3-4
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” Colossians 2:12
What connection do you see between Christ’s actions and baptism?
My New Life
There is symbolism found in baptism…however a real transformation also starts to take place in us. Through the power of God in the Holy Spirit we begin a new life in Christ.
Read the following verses…
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun.”
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…so also we may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
What does it mean to share in Jesus’ death so that we may have new life?
At THE LIFE, we baptize by immersion (meaning “dunk under the water”). There are several reasons we baptize this way. Think about the following suggestions and verses…
How was Jesus Baptized?
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
“Up out” indicates that there was much water involved. It was not pouring or sprinkling. Otherwise there would be no need to go to the Jordan River (the place where Jesus and others were baptized).
What type of baptism do we see in the Bible? ________________________
The Word “baptize” means to “dip into water.” The original Greek word Jesus used when talking about baptism was “baptizo”, which means to “immerse or dip under water.”
Baptism by immersion (fully under the water) symbolizes a burial – as we go under the water – and a resurrection – as we come back up out of the water.
Who should get baptized? ________________________________________
Does everyone get baptized? Should we just go around dunking people and helping them be obedient to Christ? No, It is a celebration for believers.
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized…”Acts 8:12-13
The Day of baptism- At the Life – We are going to celebrate with you. Here are some things to help:
As far as your clothes- You should wear something your comfortable getting wet in. Athletic pants or shorts and a dark T-shirt that your comfortable to get wet in work well. Also flip flops can come in handy. Please bring a towel to use to dry off and any personal care items you want to use after you change into your dry clothes. Most people just pack a bag with there items then in the service you will be directed out of the service to changes near the end of the service. Changing rooms will be set up for you and our security team will watch over items as you get baptized. We are here to serve you with any questions you may have and really pumped about your journey to LIVE LIFE to the FULL in Christ!