Family Challenge: What Baptism Means

Memorize these verses as a family:

Romans 6:4: We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of God the Father, we too may live a new life.

Listen. There are two signs that the church celebrates to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. We have communion, which we celebrate all the time with our church family, and we have baptism, which each person does only one.

Here is what baptism means: We go under the water, we die with Jesus to our old life. Our old life is buried under the water. We come up out of the water, we are raised with Jesus into a new life. In our old life, we were slaves to sin. In our new life, Jesus has set us free. Jesus has saved us from sin’s punishment. That means that we will rise again after we die into a forever life with Jesus. Jesus also saved us from sin’s power. In our new life we have the power to change and to learn to love like Jesus does. 

Discussion. How does it feel to know that Jesus died and rose again to save us from sin’s punishment? How should we live differently if Jesus died and rose again to give us the power to change? What in our lives can now change? 

If this is what baptism means, what do you guys think people need to do and believe before they are ready to get baptized? What would each of us need to do and believe to be ready for baptism? 

Set Goals. If there are members of your family that you believe are ready to get baptized, make a plan to talk to the church elders about baptism. 

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