This series of lessons is for people who want to know more about Baptism and be prepared for this step in their Christian walk. At the end of the study series, both the student and the teacher would decide if the student is ready to be baptized.
1. Who can take water baptism?
I. Only those who believe in Jesus as their Saviour and Lord: You should have personally accepted Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, not only as your miracle worker, provider, etc.
“Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” (John 11:27)
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. (Romans 10:9)
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
II. Those who have repented: You are penitent (sorry) for your past life of independence from God and immorality, and take responsibility to turn away from such behavior.
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
“So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God”. (Mark 6:12)
III. Those who have overcome bandage’s in their lives: You should know that the bandage’s of the devil and the power of life-controlling habits have been broken. A genuine effort should be made to sort out one’s life and relationships. For example, addressing issues such as estranged family relationships, living together though not married, impure practices such as drunkenness, gambling, falling into debt and other issues that do not glorify God.
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)
IV. Those living victorious lives: You should know how to live a life yielded to God, Counting yourself dead to sin and alive to God. Refuse to yield your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness and yield yourself to God as instruments of righteousness.
- “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein?Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” (Read Romans 6:1-23)
- “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think as to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to each man a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:1-3)
2. Why should one take water baptism?
I. The Lord commanded you to do so:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
II. In order to follow the example of our master:
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”. Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17)
III. It strengthens your faith by bringing out your secret discipleship and frees you to follow Jesus fully:
“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews.” (John 19:38)
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
IV. You outwardly express the change that has taken place inside you and there by become a public witness:
“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
V. You identify yourself an integral part of the family of God and fellowship of believers:
“For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free” (1 Corinthians 12:13)
3. Personal Testimonies
All students to be given time to share their salvation experience in the class during this session and the next. The teacher will help any student to reinforce their acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord.
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