Sunday School and GoYo for Step-Up Day!

Hey! Sunday is Gorman’s step up day (the day when we will officially introduce our new 7th graders into the ministry! To welcome them, we are having a special Sunday School and GoYo.

In Sunday School, we will have pancakes and sausage links and we will spend some time getting to know our new 7th graders!

Since it is the day before Labor Day, we do not have a regular evening service, but we will have pizza and hand out information about the ministry to new parents; answering any questions about the youth ministry here at Gorman! Feel free to check out the info here! This will be from 6-7pm in the youth room!

Wednesday night we will have a regular youth service and will initiate our new 7th Graders!

Special note! All student leader applications are due Wednesday (Sept. 9th). If you are 10-12 grade and would like to officially invest in our younger students, please have these filled out and turned in!

I also forgot to post the Sunday School Notes from last week, so here they are!

Why baptism?

Romans 6:1-5

Opening Questions

  • What is baptism?
    • Why do you think we practice baptism as a church?
    • Does the water have power to save us or is baptism symbolic in some way?

Romans 6:1-5 (HCSB)

What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

According to this passage, what have we died to?

  • If we are in Christ, then we have died to sin.
    • Paul asks this question: “How can we who died to sin still live in it?”
    • How would you answer this question?
      • What does it mean to live in sin?
      • In contrast, what does it mean to live in Christ?

Paul states that those who are in Christ were baptized into Christ.

  • What do you think it means to be baptized into Christ?
    • To be baptized into Christ is literally to be clothed or immersed in Him.
    • We usually call this “being saved” or “starting a relationship with Christ”
    • It means that Christ has become both our savior and our lord.
  • What do you think it means that we are baptized into His death and joined with Him in His resurrection?
    • Jesus died as a substitute, so that we could each be with God even though we have sinned.
    • When He was raised from the dead, He proved that He had all authority, including authority to deliver us from death.
    • So, we die to sin and receive a new life in Christ; a life that lasts forever.

When we usually think of baptism, what do we think of?

  • We usually think of being dunked in a pool of water!
  • What is different about the baptism that Paul describes?
    • It is a spiritual baptism that has real purpose and meaning.
  • Why do you think we practice baptism in water?
    • Baptism was a common practice in the Jewish faith.
    • Everyone during Paul’s time knew what baptism was.
    • In this passage, he uses baptism to illustrate what it means to be in Christ.
    • We practice baptism as a symbol and a testimony or what Christ has done for us!
  • Does baptism in water have any power?
    • It is only a symbol.
    • This does not mean that it is not important, only that it does not have power to save us. Christ is the only one with that authority!
    • This is also why we practice full immersion, because we have completely died to sin and are completely raised with Christ!

Questions for class discussion

  • Some churches practice infant baptism. Do you think this is biblical? Why or why not?

    • In scripture, baptism is always performed after someone confesses that Christ is his/her lord.
    • Are infants capable of this confession?
  • After I am baptized once, do I ever need to be baptized again?

    • Once a person is saved, he or she belongs to God forever. Because of this, there is no need for a person to be baptized again; assuming he or she was baptized after confessing Christ as savior and lord.
    • Some churches may require someone to be baptized again as he or she becomes a member. This is only a church requirement, not a scriptural one; but it will not hurt the believer.
  • Do I have to be baptized to be saved?

    • Christ alone has authority to save.

    • If we say that we have to be baptized to be saved, then we are saying that we must have Jesus and our own works. We imply that Jesus (who according to John 1 is God and is with God) does not have all authority and that He alone does not have power to save.

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