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Jesus' Baptism

March 26 | DNA Guide

Be Real Together:

Take a few minutes to catch up, tell stories, and laugh together. Trust and friendship take time to build. If you’re launching a new DNA, one person should tell their story — what do we need to know about you? Next week, have another person in your DNA share their story.

Read Together: Matthew 3:13-17 CSB

The One Question:
Ask this question at your family meal or DNA.

Have you been baptized? If so, describe your experience. If not, have you considered it?
If you already discussed this with your Group or DNA last week, ask this question instead: When you consider Jesus' baptism, what stands out to you most?

Grow Together:
Use these questions to go deeper with your DNA or for personal study.

  1.  "Baptism isn’t a condition for salvation; it’s evidence of salvation." Is this the way you've seen baptism?
  2. "Jesus was not baptized for His own sins, because he was guiltless. His baptism gave approval to the ministry of John and was an act of dedication to His own ministry. In effect, he was identifying Himself with the people he came to save (see Luke 12:50)" (Jack Hayford). What does it mean to you that Jesus would identify with you as a sinner, though he himself was without sin? 
  3. At Jesus' baptism, we see all 3 persons of the Trinity at work: The Father speaking affirmation, the Son being baptized, the Spirit descending like a
    dove. So, baptism is a full identification with the Trinity. Do you fully identify with the Trinity? Why or why not?
  4. Jesus' baptism was public. Similarly, our faith is intended to be lived out privately, but also publicly in community. Somewhere along the lines we’ve emphasized Christianity as a personal/private matter. We should all feel very personally about our relationship with Christ, but don’t forget, we are a family. How are you living out your faith publicly or, if you aren't, how could you be? 
  5. Baptism is about response. We identify Christ as the center of our lives and respond to a calling that God has given us to be and make disciples (see Matthew 28:18-20). How are you making disciples or where do you feel challenged to grow in this?

Pray Together:

Take time to pray with and for each other.

Deeper Study: