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.