Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on September 6, 2020
Passage: Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-4
This Sunday, Mike talked about the symbolism and significance of believer’s baptism.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Do you prefer the water or mountains for vacation?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike talked about the example of the Ethiopian Eunuch who was immediately baptized in water by Phillip after coming to faith in Christ. Take a few minutes to share with your story of coming to faith in Christ.
2. Since the act of baptism doesn’t save a person, why do you think public baptism is important for the new believer in Christ? What can you learn about baptism from the following passages?
Acts 2:41 (ESV)
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Acts 16:31-34 (AMP)
31 And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well. 32 And they declared the Word of the Lord [the doctrine concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and bathed [them because of their bloody] wounds, and he was baptized immediately and all [the members of] his [household]. 34 Then he took them up into his house and set food before them; and he leaped much for joy and exulted with all his family that he believed in God [accepting and joyously welcoming what He had made known through Christ].
Matthew 28:19-20 (AMP)
19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).
4. Have you been baptized in water after you came to faith in Christ? If so, describe what you were thinking and feeling before, during and after your baptism.
5. If you haven’t been baptized after you placed your faith in Christ, what is keeping you from taking this step of obedience?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?