12 WORDS | 11.19.2017 | “Baptism Sunday”
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If you were a part of our worship gatherings on Sunday, was there any baptism story that stood out to you? What do you remember and why did it stand out?
Read 1 Corinthians 1:24-31
Baptism is a significant act of discipleship, and a public proclamation of many things, including that your are living in a different story. Additionally, one of the strongest and most effective practices we can embrace is telling and RE-telling how God’s Story has interacted and changed our story. In light of 1 Corinthians 1, AND in light of the stories we heard last Sunday, take some time to think about and tell the story of what God has done in your life.
In verses 26-29, Paul counsels the Corinthian church to think about themselves apart from God’s call.
What would you be like without God’s presence and activity in your life? What words would describe you?
Why would Paul describe Jesus—“God’s plan”—simultaneously as foolish and “wiser than the wisest of human plans”. Put another way, Why is the plan (specifically, the message of the cross in verse 18) described as God’s “weakness” (verse 25)?
(If you want a hint, read Philippians 2:5-8)
Finally, in verses 30-31, Paul describes the benefits WE receive from God through Christ’s death on the cross. What words does Paul use?
How would you describe this in your own words?
In light of your freedom (from sin), how should you live in the world? Are you living in this freedom? If not, what might help you FEEL and experience this freedom?
Getting Out of the Hole
If you’ve been baptized, take time this week to “remember your own baptism”, and think about how God has changed your life.
Let your gratitude overflow this week with your family and friends as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
If you haven’t yet been baptized, you can sign up for the next baptism Sunday now! Just go to mye3.org and search for “Baptism Interest” or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.