It has been said, "Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers." If someone asked you the meaning of that statement, how would you respond?
"Indeed, baptism is a vow, a sacred vow of the believer to follow Christ. Just as a wedding celebrates the fusion of two hearts, baptism celebrates the union of sinner with Savior" (Max Lucado, pastor, author). When did you make your initial commitment to Christ? Who was influential in that process?
To repent and be baptized in Jesus means to change one’s direction— one’s way of thinking—turning away from all other loyalties and affirming allegiance to Jesus. In what ways does that call still challenge you?
Read together the Scripture text from today’s sermon, Acts 2.36-41. There was an enormous response to the call to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. What would we have to change in our church (in addition to physical space) if 3,000 new converts suddenly were added to our church fellowship?
Read together Galatians 3.26-28. What difference, if any, has your “baptism into Christ” made?