January 14, 2018 – God’s Pleasure in Believers’ Baptism

Terry Beatty
January 14, 2018

January 14, 2018 – God’s Pleasure in Believers’ Baptism

Matthew 3:13-17
Life Group Questions:

1.  If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?

2.  Read the beginning of Matthew 3 leading to our passage and describe some key parts of the setting. How did John the Baptist view his ministry? What was his opinion of Jesus? In what ways should we become more like John in this regard?

3.  What was the difference between the baptism which John was performing and the baptism which Jesus would do? How does Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ezekiel 36:26-27 help us understand the significance of baptism?

4.  Define baptism. You may want to look in a Bible dictionary or do some research online. Do you think that it is proper to regard baptism as a “sacrament?” Why or why not? Is there any aspect of Baptism that may be more than just symbolism? Explain.

5.  Describe John’s dilemma with Jesus’ request to be baptized by him. What are some reason for which John may have felt uncomfortable with Jesus’ request?

6.  Matthew states that Jesus’ basis for wanting to be baptized was to fulfill all righteousness? Describe what this statement means. How did the reason for Jesus’ baptism differ from our need for baptism?

7.  Look at Isaiah 11:1-2; 42:1; 61:1; Psalm 2:7. How do these passages help us understand the heavenly vision Matthew describes in this passage (cf. 3:16)?

8.  In both this passage and Matthew 28:19 we see the doctrine of the Trinity present. Describe how this idea is present here. Why do you think that Matthew wanted to highlight this aspect of God’s being? How should it help us to understand this passage and our personal aspect of our baptism?

9.  Read Romans 6:3-7 and Colossians 2:12. What are some key elements to a proper understanding of believer’s baptism. How essential is baptism to the believer’s relationship with God?

10.   When is the best time for a person to be baptized? Do you think that we should take people through a class on the meaning of baptism before baptizing them (cf. Acts 2:38-41; 8:36)? Why or why not and what should that class cover if so? Do you think that there is an age limit to baptism? At what point does a child become a good candidate for baptism?