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Next Step - Week 2 - BAPTISM

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BEFORE YOU GATHER

  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
  • If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
  • Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
  • To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips.
  • As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.

  • Thank Him for this time of being together.
  • Thank Him for the opportunity we have thru baptism to celebrate our salvation.
  • Ask Him to give us the courage and freedom to speak and share honestly!

Quick Connection: (5 minutes)

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be and why?

Group Discussion: (30 minutes)

This week we will explore the next step of Baptism (water baptism | Believer’s baptism). Baptism is the outward expression of an inward change; a public declaration of faith in Jesus.

  • Open your Bibles and together read: Acts 16:11-15 and Acts 16:25-34. Compare these two baptism stories. What are some of the differences? What are some of the similarities?
  • From the stories above, can you personally relate to Lydia or the Philippian Jailer? Why?
  • Read Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12-14, Galations 3:27 and 2 Corinthians 5:17. What stands out to you about baptism from these verses?
  • What obstacles get in the way of someone being baptized? Why?
  • Have you been baptized? If so, share your baptism story! When, where … and WHY did you choose to be baptized. If not, what is standing in the way/holding you back from being baptized?

CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of how your group could end your time in prayer.

"Jesus, what an honor it is to come together and openly talk/share and learn from one another about your love for each and every one of us. We ask that this week, we live our life in a public way that demonstrates our faith and hope in You. Thank you for the opportunity we have to be baptized without fear of consequence."

CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:

  • Spend time reflecting on your own baptism story. How is your relationship with Jesus since you’ve been baptized?

    OR
  • Spend time considering being baptized. If being baptized is YOUR next step with Jesus, let us know and fill out your campus’ interest form: http://cornerstoneweb.org/next-steps/baptism/
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