Baptism – this week Pastor Danny McDowell spoke about how we are People of Hope; Dead to Sin; and In the Centre of God’s Will.
Below are some questions from today’s message that you might like to reflect on or discuss in your small group.
1. What is baptism? – Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus has changed your life. Being baptised shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
2. Why should I be baptised? Jesus instructs us to be baptised and set the example by being baptised (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptised shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
3. When’s the best time to be baptised? – For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptised (Acts 8:12). 4. Are you thinking about being baptised? – Talk to Danny today!