The Sacrament of Baptism
This sermon will be preached from the baptismal pool this Sunday based on Romans 6:3-11, highlighting that going under the water signifies our death and burial with Christ and thus reminding us of our (often little seen) death to sin; our rising from the baptismal waters signifies our resurrection with and in Christ, which shows itself in a life of personal holiness to the glory of God. Can I suggest that those being baptised and those attending the service Remember your Baptism and what it means in your growth in personal holiness.
Read Roman 6:3-11
- The word bapto from which our English word baptism is derived means: to cover completely with a fluid.
What does it mean to bapto leather;
to bapto your clothes (or your hair);
what does it mean to bapto your body?
- What does it mean to be baptised into Christ’s death (verse 3)?
- What does it mean to be raised into new life with Jesus (verse 4)?
- Which part of a baptism service represents “dying with Christ”? Which part of a baptism service represents “being raised to new life” in Christ?
- How does death set us free from the power of sin (verse 7)? Have you been set free from the power of sin?
- How does verse 11, In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus help in our growth in personal holiness?