Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:3-4
Read: Romans 6:1-18
Listen: Romans 6
John called people to be baptized in the wilderness when they repented. Baptism is an act that becomes a significant step for those early Jesus-followers. We see in Acts that “many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8).
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change that has taken place in our lives after we have placed our faith and trust in Christ. Lowering into the water symbolizes dying to our old life without God. Baptism symbolizes our new life in Christ. It is a picture of our transformation from chaos to life with God (Romans 6.3-4 and 2 Corinthians 5.17). We are saved by grace through faith when we believe. It washes that truth over us in a real and meaningful way (1 Peter 3.21 and Romans 8.16). We publicly declare our decision to make Jesus leader of our life. We won’t be perfect, but we are seeking to follow him in everything (Galatians 3.27 and John 14.15).
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Join us this weekend as we celebrate baptism at all four campuses. Take a moment to pray for those being baptized and thank God for working in their lives. If you’ve never been baptized and are following Jesus—we’d love to have a conversation about baptism with you. Maybe you were baptized as a child before you decided to follow Jesus. We’d be honored to have a conversation with you about the key differences between infant baptism and believer’s baptism. To start a conversation, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.