01 December 2016

The Kingdom Comes

Theme: Baptism of Jesus

Know: God confirmed Jesus's authority as His Son at Jesus's baptism.
Think: I should always be mindful that Jesus is the Son of God, and my Lord and King.
Do: Turn from all sin, be baptized, and submit completely to Christ as Lord of my life.

Scriptures: Matthew 3:1-17

Notes and questions:
B1 The baptisms in the New Testament. There are 7, perhaps 10 or more  baptisms.
  • The Baptism into Moses (into Moses's authority) (1 Corinthians 10:1-5). Compare Exodus 14:29-31.
  • The Baptism by John (a baptism that is after you have confessed your sins) (Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:4-8, Luke 3:3-18, Acts 18:25, and Acts 19:3-5).
  • The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-23).
  • The Baptism of suffering (also called the Baptism of the Cross) (Matthew 20:22-23, Mark 10:38-39, Luke 12:49-50).
  • The Baptism of The Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11, John 1:33, John 7:39, Acts 1:5, Acts 2:1-18, Acts 10:44-47, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:13-14).
  • The Believer’s Baptism (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12-39, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:8, Romans 6: 1-7, Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 3:21)
  • Baptism for the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:29)
  • Baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11-22
  • Ritual baptism of Jews before they ate (Mark 7:4, Luke 11:38, Hebrews 6:2).
  • Ritual baptism of utensils, tables, etc. (Mark 7:4, Hebrews 9:10).
B2 The word for baptize, etc. means to make fully wet, so dip, immerse, or wash.
B3 Matthew 3:1-3,
  • What is the importance of John?
  • What was his mission from God?
  • Was he successful in his mission?
  • Can you think of two examples of repentance?
    • King Manasseh in 2 Chronicles 33:10-17
    • In the parable of the two sons in Matthew 21:28-32
B4 Matthew 3:4-6,
  • Why did John wear the clothes that he wore and ate the type of food that he ate? Compare 2 Kings 1:8, Zechariah 13:4, Malachi 4:5, Luke 1:17, also Leviticus 11:22 (typically the food of the poor).
  • What motivated the people to go out to hear John the Baptist? Compare John 16:8.
  • Why did these people confess their sins, but others did not?
  • Why did John baptize? Does baptism take away sins? The Jews knew about baptism for proselytes. The idea of baptism for a Jew was rare. Confession of sin points to their acceptance of God's evaluation of them. God does not sin, people sin. We are not good people. Compare Acts 19:18, James 5:16, and 1 John 1:8-10. Note that the repentance came first, then baptism. Baptism is the sign of internal cleansing that God has done upon the heart.
B5 Matthew 3:7-12,
  • Why did the Pharisees and Sadducees come to be baptized?
  • Why did John tell them they were sinners?
  • What is needed with repentance to show we are serious? Do people get baptized only for show and not real repentance?
  • Does everyone go through the baptism of fire? Compare 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.
B6 Matthew 3:13-17,
  • Why did Jesus come to be baptized? Had He sinned?
    • He may have wanted to do this as our representative. He was the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. Here he made Christian baptism holy, that is, He sanctified it.
    • To show that baptism does NOT wash away sins. Jesus has always been sinless.
    • To show that John's baptism was authoritative, that is, from heaven. See Luke 20:4 and John 17:19.
    • To show that it was the time to begin His ministry, and that His ministry to be authorized by God. This would be the reason John saw the Spirit descend like a dove upon Jesus.
  • What is the significance of the Father saying that Jesus was His Son? Compare Hebrews 1:1-14, Isaiah 42:1-4.
  • How does this make Jesus special?
B7 Some questions from the study guide.
  • How do you think John and his message would be accepted in world today?
  • Why is there such a temptation today for churches and/or preachers to water down the message of repentance?
  • What excuses do people give for not being baptized?
  • What message does a new believer proclaim by being baptized?
  • What are some areas in which Christ-followers sometimes struggle with total obedience? Why?
  • What can a follower of Christ do in order to become more obedient to what he or she knows Christ wants?
B8 Next week:
  • Beating temptation
  • Theme: The temptation of Jesus.
  • Scriptures: Matthew 4:1-11.

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