‘Baptized in the Name’ Overview:
Jesus tells us to ‘baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’. In our culture, "name" refers primarily to what a person is called. But in Hebrew the thought that underlies Jesus' usage, "name" has a deeper meaning. To be baptized “in the name” of another person is to receive the essence of that person’s identity. We are called to die with Christ to our old life and be raised to new life and new identity in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
REMEMBER (30 min)
Remember God: Worship, Prayer or Communion
Breath in: Jesus is the beloved
Breath out: I'm the beloved too
Remember each other: Care
Optional- break up into smaller groups for 10 min Hi/Lo check in
Remember the Liturgy:
Remember what we learned and put into practice last week: Accountability
Topic: Baptized in The Father: Take time to share with one another how you were encountered by the Fathers love this last week
REFLECT (30 min)
Prepare (See the Leaders Guide for a brief commentary and context for the scripture and core truth from the topic)
Introduce today’s topic and any commentary or context for the scripture
Topic Title : Baptized in the Son
Share the Summary Scripture for the topic if you want : Eph. 1:4-5
Share “Core Truths from the topic” in the leaders guide where needed
Share context for the Scripture: Luke 15:11-32 (The Prodigal Son)
Read the Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17 (Key Story: Jesus being baptized)
What is the biblical and historical context?
What does this reveal about God and People (optional)
How have we experienced adoption into God’s family and into our identity as ‘beloved’ through Jesus? (Eph. 1:4-5, “In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.”)
How does our identity as beloved change the way we live?
Ask if anyone has a story of how their life changed after being baptized in water and have them share.
RESPOND (30 min)
Experience and Encounter
Share and Pray:
Reflect on Romans 6: 3-11 (people could do this individually with music playing or have a few people read it outloud for the group)
Share with one another the areas where you want to experience resurrection life in Jesus?
this could be done in smaller groups
Lord’s Supper (Communion)
Practice and Obey
If you have not been baptized in water and would like to be, please talk to your leader or find a trusted friend to baptize you.
Take time to reflect on being hidden in Jesus (immersed in his name) and the identity of ‘beloved children of God’ that Jesus shares with us through his life, death and resurrection. (Col 3)
“Thank you for taking me and my life into yours and rescuing me from the damages of sin, the darkness of my distorted mind, the sickness of my wounded soul, the willfulness of my stubborn heart. I embrace you, as you have embraced me, fully, freely and with whole-hearted submission. You are my Good Shepherd and I trust your loving leadership. You are my One Lord and I submit to your authority. You are my salvation and healing and I offer my broken life in exchange for your perfect life of health and wholeness. The life I now live I want to live by faith, so I receive your faith in the Father’s love as my own, thank you for sharing that with me. I come home with you to be in the favor of your Father, who is my Father. This is so awesome! I am loved and I am his.”
The Lord’s Prayer