Today, at Emmaus Road Church, Pastor Beau Floyd opened up the discussion at our assembly with this question: What is baptism?
I enjoyed immensely watching Jeff Cale take the microphone and share his testimony of God’s grace in his life. Two and a half weeks ago, he was released from the Bonneville County Jail.
In the main sermon, Beau preached Matthew 3:13-17, bringing to light and expounding on four thoughts:
- John’s humility (v. 14)
- All righteousness (v. 15)
- A glimpse of the Trinity (vv. 16-17)
- Empowerment of the Spirit (connecting chapter 4)
In point #2, Beau expanded thoroughly on the long debated theological question, “Why did Jesus get baptized?” He summarized with a three-fold answer, especially emphasizing letter b: (a) Jesus identifies with us, (b) Jesus points toward His death, and (c) Jesus gives us an example.
My questions related to the text . . .
Observation (Questions for the head)
- Jesus came from where to see John at what place?
- What did John ask Jesus?
- What was Jesus’ answer to John?
- What happened at Jesus’ baptism?
- What did the voice from heaven say?
Interpretation (Questions for the head and heart)
- What does this mean when Jesus said, “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness?” How would you teach this from the Old Testament?
- How does John the Baptist distinguish himself as different than Jesus?
- What does baptism signify?
- Does water baptism earn spiritual new birth for you? Or do you believe that a spiritual new birth fuels your motivation to be water baptized?
- What do you believe is the proper mode for water baptism?
- Who do you think has the proper authority to baptize?
- How would you explain the Spirit of God?
- Is the Sonship of Jesus uniquely different from you being a child of God?
- Do you believe that this “beloved Son” is God? Why or why not?
Application (Questions for the heart and hands)
- John sets for us an example of humility in our service for Jesus. How might we be tempted to exhibit a self-righteous pride?
- If we compare ourselves to others in our city, we might think we are better than them. But what happens when we compare ourselves to Jesus?
- How can you be more Jesus-centered today and not self-centered?
- How is the Father well pleased with His Son? How is He pleased with you?
- If you believe that Jesus is God and King, how will that impact you on the job this week?
- Will you follow Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection? Have you been baptized? Would you like to share the story of your baptism with us?
- Who might you encourage to be baptized this summer in the Snake River?