April 29 - Baptism: Union with Christ (Romans 6:1-5)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
We will continue with our new members class this coming Sunday at 10:00 in the Choir Room. This is for those who are interested in learning more about our understanding of church membership. Please pray that the teaching would be helpful for those who are considering joining Christ Covenant Church.
Nik Lingle will continue his class called Talking Points this Sunday at 10:00am in the youth room. This class will briefly address a variety of current issues in our society, applying a Christian worldview to each of these topics. This week we will discuss homosexuality.
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Each Sunday we celebrate the goodness of God in the gospel. This Sunday is unique in that we get to celebrate the gospel made visible as we listen and watch 8 people proclaim faith and commitment to Jesus by being baptized. Given the confusion that often surrounds baptism, we will look at Romans 6.1-5 to gain greater clarity as to what baptism is. Simply put, baptism symbolizes our union with Jesus in his death and resurrection. Baptism is a visual means of identifying with Jesus in his redemptive work on the cross and resurrection. Baptism does not save. Only faith in Jesus saves, but the faith that saves is symbolized in the waters of baptism. Baptism follows and reflects this faith. Please be in prayer for the precious saints that will share the good news of the gospel in their lives this Sunday.
Review and Apply
How does baptism declare the work of Christ in salvation?
Why do we practice immersion as the most appropriate mode of baptism?
Why is baptism so important to do? Why does it only follow faith in scripture?
What aspect of the old life died in you at baptism?
How does your life reflect 'a walking in newness' since baptism?
If you are trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus and have not been baptized, please consider the joy of publicly declaring your faith in the waters of baptism.
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