Hey parents, we want you to know what we are teaching your students so every week we try to update the blog with what we talked about at Emerge. Last night was our second week in our three week series that we are calling “What the heck is…” We are leaving the end of this question blank as each week we are looking at a different question. Each of these three questions deal with a pillar of the Christian faith. We are praying that knowing these three things deeper will enhance our relationship with Jesus.
Last night we talked about, “What the heck is…Baptism”
Defined: Baptism is an outward expression of what Jesus is doing inwardly.
We walked in a circle last night. We started with this definition then we talked about what Jesus is doing inwardly that would cause us to celebrate outwardly.
What is Jesus doing inwardly?
We made the connection that we live in a world that LOVES the supernatural. God loves the supernatural no less than we do. We looked at a few miracles that Jesus did and ended with how amazing it was that Jesus raised three people from the dead in the gospel accounts. This has never been done before in history, in my recollection. Sure, doc’s have brought back people form the dead after about 30 minutes but Jesus brought Lazaras from the dead after we was gone for 4 days. WOW!
What does a near death experience bring you? It brings you a different understanding of life! Imagine how this experience effected Lazaras’ life.
Biblically we looked at our state spiritually before Jesus enters our scene. We are dead on the inside (Rom 6:23; Ephesians 2:4-5a; 2 Cor 5:17). Jesus brings life (just as we talked about in week 1 of this series) as we believe in Him as the Son of God and we turn to Him. In Jesus we are a new creation, the old is gone and the new has come. We move from death to life!
Romans 6:3-4 says:
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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.
The definition of baptism is, again, celebrating outwardly what God is doing inwardly. When a dead man walks, he celebrates. As believers in Jesus we believe in believers baptism. Once you make the decision to follow Jesus we celebrate that decision in baptism.
Symbol of Baptism. As Romans 6:3-4 says, we are baptized with Christ in his death and raised to life just as He was raised. As we stand in the baptism waters we represent our self as the “old self” (2 Cor 5:17). Before we enter the water we are dirty, sinful people, stained by the fall of man. When we are fully immersed in the water it represents our death with Jesus. As we come up out of the water we are symbolizing our new self raising with Jesus.
To combat what some faiths may teach…we do not see the biblical approach that you must be baptized to be saved. Also, as we celebrate with people who have been baptized as infants, we teach that the Bible teaches believers baptism as the first act of obedience for a follower of Jesus.
I closed the night last night offering to have a conversation with any of our students who may want to be baptized at Mosaic’s baptism service on November 21st.