Justified! - Week 2 - Baptism

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Justified! - Week 2 - Baptism

Post by BenBauer » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:04 pm


Read John 3:1-8.
We are so familiar with the words “born again” that we may not give them a second thought. Those words expressed a new idea to Nicodemus. Why was he so puzzled by Jesus’ words? What does Jesus say about the importance of Baptism? How does Jesus compare the action of the wind to the second birth in the Spirit? Read 1 Corinthians 12:3.What is possible only in the Holy Spirit?

Read Matthew 28:16-20.
What does Jesus command his disciples to do? How does the baptism that Jesus’ institutes here differ from the baptizing done by John in the wilderness of Judea? (See also Mark 1:1-8 and Acts 19:1-4) What do you find comforting about Jesus’ statement of authority and his promise to be present always?

Read Romans 6:1-4.
A small side chapel in an old mission church has a life size statue of the dead Christ next to the baptismal font. It is an unusual, but appropriate, symbol. According to these verses, what happened to you when you were baptized? What does it mean to “die to sin”?

Read Colossians 2:6-12.
What happened to your sinful self, your “body of flesh,” in baptism? What was the “record of debt” that stood against you? How did God remove that debt from you? Baptism is a second birth and a death, burial and resurrection. How are these two images similar? Which image best expresses the meaning of Baptism to you?


In Baptism you were “raised with [Christ] through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12). Read Mark 5:35-43 and Luke 7:11-17. What is similar about these two miracles of Jesus? How do these miracles illustrate God’s work in Baptism?

Read 2 Kings 5:1-14.
What kind of miracle did Naaman expect? What did he think about washing in the Jordan River? Why might unbelievers (or even some believers) hold the same opinion of the water used in Baptism? In Baptism, the water is joined to God’s Word and his promise of forgiveness and eternal life. What was promise was joined to Naaman’s washing in the Jordan?

Read Titus 3:3-11.
People may be baptized by immersion, which is a reminder of being buried and raised with Christ, or by sprinkling with water, which is a reminder of the washing described in these verses. From what sort of things were we rescued in Baptism? According to these verses, what do we now have through Baptism? What do these verses say about the daily lives of those who are baptized?


We were buried with Christ in Baptism, and raised with him to “walk in newness of life.” Read Romans 6:5-14. Having been born again and raised to new life, we are “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” How do verses 12-14 help to define what it means to be dead to sin and alive to God? Read Ephesians 4:25 to 5:2. What details are given here about being dead to sin and walking in newness of life? How does our new life change our relationships with others?

Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
Washed in the Word and water of Baptism, we are sanctified in Christ, that is, made holy. We are justified, declared “not guilty” and put into a right relationship with God. What is said in these verses about the life-changing power of Baptism?

Read Galatians 5:16-25.
We were raised up from the waters of Baptism—to find ourselves in a war zone! Satan has declared war on us (Revelation 12:17), and he uses as weapons the temptations of the world and the desires of our own sinful flesh. What does the apostle Paul say in these verses about the battle? What behaviors belong to the losing side? What behaviors identify the victors? Does the world around us regard the fruit of the Spirit in a favorable way? Why or why not?

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Re: Justified! - Week 2 - Baptism

Post by J.Matson » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:59 pm

When we were baptized, we were buried with Christ. While we are still sinners, sin no longer reigns in our lives; sin shall no longer be our master. We must still confess our sin and be reconciled to God and one another. The devil is very much still present, but we must not give him a foothold. (He may fly over our heads, but he doesn't have to build a nest there.)

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Re: Justified! - Week 2 - Baptism

Post by J.Matson » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:10 pm

We had a long discussion of infant vs adult baptism on Sunday, that was very good. In the August 2017 edition of the Lutheran Witness, page 6, there is a short article on what happens to children who aren't baptized. While the article is directed at stillborn children, it could apply to all.

In the article it says, "While God commands all nations to be baptized, we know that He can save sinners without Baptism. We are bound to use this Means of Grace, but God has not bound Himself to save only those who have received the gift of Baptism." Let us recall that a child, even unborn, can receive the Holy Spirit. Consider Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, whose unborn child leapt in her womb when Mary, who was carrying Jesus in her womb approached Elizabeth.

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