In this study, we will look at the significance of being baptized in water and how it fits into the life of the obedient Christian. There are 3 types of baptism referred to in the New Testament. Each is said to be “into” something different and has a unique significance:
- 1 Corinthians 12:13 – being baptized BY the Holy Spirit, INTO Christ [spiritual occurance when you became a Christian you became identified with Christ and His forever family]
- Mark 1:7-8 – being baptized BY Jesus, INTO the Holy Spirit [spiritual occurance when you recieve spiritual empowerment for witness and ministry]
- Acts 8:35-38 – being baptized BY another person (often a Pastor), INTO water.
Let’s look at the command for water baptism and then it’s significance and relation to salvation.
I. The Command – How does water baptism fit with other Christian principles / actions in these verses?
- Matthew 28:18
- Acts 2:38
II. How is Water Baptism related to the Faith that brings Salvation (c.f. study 3)? Note those involved, were they saved, and if / when they were baptized:
- Luke 23:39-43
- Acts 10:43-48
- Acts 2:38
III. What is the significance of being baptized?
- A mini Greek lesson:
- “Baptizo”, the Greek word for our English “baptize” = “submerge an object into a specific medium so that the object undergoes a change, now taking on / reflecting characteristics of that which it was submerged into.”
- Two 1st century examples:
- Cloth – when “baptized”into a dye became _____________
- Cucumbers – when “baptized” into vinegar, became _________________
- The spiritual application / symbolism – Read Romans 6:3-4
- Of the 3 types of baptism above, which one is directly referred to in verse 3? (INTO what?)
- What are the two areas of indentification we have with Jesus Christ in verse 4?
- How is water baptism symbolic of both of these aspects?
- Should baptism be a private or public expression? (see Matthew 10:32-33)Why?
- What are the prerequisites for being baptized? (see Acts 2:38; 9:37)
- What about being rebaptized? (see Acts 19:1-7) When should this be done?
IV. Conclusion / Personal Challenge
- In consideration of the Scriptures we have looked at, how would you sumarize the purpose of water baptism
- What are the two reasons a Christian ought to be baptized?
- If you haven’t been baptized after having begun a personal relationship with Christ, is there anything that would now stop you from doing so?