Obedient to Baptism

  1. Share
Southeast Christian Church
7 0

Through baptism, you are saying goodbye to your old passions, desires, beliefs, and perspectives. In Romans 6, Paul says you were buried with Jesus through baptism and just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life through our baptism. When we identify ourselves with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus in baptism, it is not just the celebration of what was done for us. It becomes something we are a part of. We're not just remembering something that happened, it's happening to us. We're not just thinking about his death and his resurrection, we are identifying with it as we are entering into. 

It can cause a lot of heartache and misery to live in a way where you want to follow Jesus, but aren’t willing to die to yourself. You want to follow Jesus close enough to get the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice. It was never meant to work that way. When you become a follower of Jesus, the old is gone and the new comes. 

If you've already been baptized, an examination of baptism and its purpose can deepen your devotion and strengthen your commitment as a follower of Jesus. We want it to reignite the devotion that you felt when you first got baptized, and remind you of the commitment that you previously made and who you are in Jesus. Baptism is a covenant that you are a part of and hopefully, have grown in it. By remembering what you decided, it should inspire you now to live your life for Christ. 

DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTION: If you have been baptized, what was a desire, passion, or belief from your previous life that was difficult for you to sacrifice? If you haven’t been baptized, what do you imagine will be the most difficult for you to let go of?

Community tags

This content has 0 tags that match your profile.


To leave a comment, login or sign up.

Related Content

Keeping God's Commands
It’s one thing to say you love Jesus, but it’s another thing for people to see that you love Jesus. Have you ever interacted with someone and wondered if they were a Christian because of the way they loved the people around them, to then later find out that your suspicion was correct? If you truly love Jesus, you shouldn’t have to say it for people to know you are a Christian. Did you know that the term “Christian” translates to “little Christ”? So, when Jesus says, “Whoever has my commands. . .” (John 14:21), the term “Christian” is the perfect way to describe it. Our lives should be an echo of Christ’s life. We should be a bunch of “little Christs” walking around and loving people one at a time. It’s not that our love for people makes us acceptable in Christ’s eyes, but that our love for people is evidence of whom we love. If we say we love Christ, but we have no love for his people, then the love of Christ cannot be in us. But if we love people like Jesus did, then it’s obvious that we love Christ.  The disciple John grabbed ahold of these lessons that Christ was teaching, because 1 John echoes much of what Jesus was teaching his disciples in these last moments of his life. First John 2:3-6 says, “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, the love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did” (NIV). If we say we love Jesus, our lives should be the proof. Reflection/Discussion Question: If you say you love Jesus, does your life back up your words?

Related Stories

Sharing with strangers
I’m the executive director for nonprofit and central Indiana. This past week we did an outreach event providing Easter meals & baskets to individuals and families in our community. My small group leader through Southeast provided me a box of copies of Grace from the Cross to add to our meal baskets. On Monday, I had a group of nine volunteers from a tool manufacturing company volunteer for the the distribution portion of our event. While we added the books to the meal baskets, it spurred a conversation about faith, Jesus, and our own personal journey. I hate to admit that I have never personally shared my faith with a stranger, let alone a group of strangers, let alone a group of random volunteers serving at my organization! Boy was Jesus moving that day! As we filled the baskets the silence began to fill with conversation about my own struggles- to their own struggles- their own faith journey… laughter and hugs were shared among new friends. At the end of their shift, several of the volunteers asked if they could have copies of the book— of course I said yes! My heart was overjoyed knowing that not only would strangers receive these books— that a physical need be met with a meal— but a real conversation about faith happened in an intimate setting, one at a time, as we worked together to serve others. It was such a full circle Kingdom moment for me ♥️ I’m so grateful that a box of books led to so many moments that sparked conversation and opportunity to share my faith, and for others to do the same!