SEPTEMBER WEEK 4
Baptism is an essential demonstration of allegiance to YHWH, symbolically mirroring the pattern of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through baptism, God’s people identify with Christ who was buried, but raised to new life. Baptism is a sign of loyalty to the Kingdom of God and a renouncement of alternative loyalties. This week, we will read through examples and explanations of baptism – including that of Jesus’ baptism himself. Ultimately, we will see how, through baptism, we join King Jesus in the battle against the darkness.
Weekly Takeaway: Baptism is a demonstration of loyalty to King Jesus.
Main Scripture: 1 Peter 3:21-22
- What does it mean to be baptized?
- Have you been baptized?
- How does baptism help in our relationship with Jesus and his kingdom?
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Instructions for Daily Reading
Each day as you engage the Scripture, we recommend following this pattern of devotional reading.
[Take a brief moment of silence to quiet your heart.]
- Read the Scripture aloud.
- Seek out where King Jesus is at work in the Scripture.
- Pray over the Scripture.
- Discern how this Scripture impacts your life.
[Demonstrate loyalty to Jesus in one tangible way today.]
MONDAY - 9/23
Monday: Luke 3:15-22
Group Discussion & Reflection: At Jesus’ baptism, we see a few very important events occur. First, we see that even Jesus was to be baptized. Also, we see that his baptism was carried out in public. Finally, we see that the heavens were opened, and YHWH affirmed his Son. In what ways did your baptism resemble this? Have you been baptized? Perhaps if not, consider participating in this demonstration of loyalty to God’s kingdom.
15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.
21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
TUESDAY - 9/24
Tuesday: Romans 6:1-14
Group Discussion & Reflection: Romans 6 outlines the importance of laying down a life of rebellion and stepping into a newness of life. One of the most powerful demonstrations of this transition is found in the act of baptism. What do you think it means to be raised in newness of life with Christ? How are you different from your old self? What does it feel like to be resurrected with Christ?
1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
WEDNESDAY - 9/25
Wednesday: Colossians 2:6-15
Group Discussion & Reflection: Colossians 2 makes the powerful claim that we have “been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” What does it mean to be buried in baptism? Which part of you as gone away? What do you think it means to be raised with Christ? How does that change the way you live your life?
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
THURSDAY - 9/26
Thursday: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Group Discussion & Reflection: In today’s reading, the Apostle Peter suggests that baptism also acts “as an appeal to God for a good conscience.” What does it mean to have a good conscience? How does aligning our conscience with that of Christ positively affect our lives? How does it positively affect eternity?
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.
21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
FRIDAY - 9/27
Friday: Acts 8:26-40
Group Discussion & Reflection: Acts 8 provides us with an incredible evangelistic narrative of Philip. In this story, Philip ministers to a man reading the book of Isaiah. The man is so intimately affected by the message of Christ that he immediately responds. Notice, his very first response is to be baptized. Why do you think this was his first response? What message was he conveying to the supernatural realm by his demonstration of loyalty?
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” 34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
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