Jesus’ Baptism

John the Baptist was baptizing people who went to him, confessing their sins.  Then, one day, Jesus came to him to be baptized.  Read Matthew 3:13-17.  Why did John try to stop Jesus from getting baptized?  Why was it important for Jesus to be baptized?

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Read Luke 3:21-38.  Why do you think he mentioned Jesus’ genealogy after the baptism? Was it important for us to know how old Jesus was when He began His ministry?  Why or why not?

Read Romans 6:1-6.  What is the apostle Paul saying here about baptism?  How is the act of baptism more than an outward act of repentance?  See also Matthew 3:7-10; Acts 22:16.   What does it mean to be baptized into Christ?

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Read Acts 8:26-40.  What was required before a person can be baptized?  Why is it important that baptism be an act of immersion and not of sprinkling or pouring or other methods?  See Romans 6:1-6; Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 4:3-5.

Is baptism essential to salvation?  Read Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21

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