June 2 - Baptism: An Appeal to God (1 Peter 3:18-22)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
This Sunday Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching a Reading the Gospels class. It will focus on interpreting the writings of the four evangelists in the context of the canon. Attention will be given to the nature of the Gospels, the message of each Gospel, and how this corpus teaches us to read the Scriptures. The class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.
You Alone Can Rescue
In Christ Alone
Jesus Thank You
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Arabic Algerians of Tunisia.
1 Peter 3:18-22
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which[c] he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
Jesus gave both baptism and the Lord's Supper as gifts for the church to remember the beauty of the gospel. Baptism is an outward display of the saving work of God in a person's life, a picture of God rescuing sinners from judgment and reconciling them to God as Father. The Lord's Supper draws our minds back to the cross where Jesus bore the wrath of God we deserved so that we might be forgiven. It calls us to look forward to the day when we will again be gathered together for a celebration of his great work.
We will celebrate each of these this Sunday. 6 friends are being baptized to declare the love for and need of the gospel. You will get to hear their testimonites and rejoice with them over God's mercy.
Review and Apply
How is baptism related to Noah in our passage?
How is baptism an appeal to God for a good conscience?
Why is baptism important? Has your view of baptism changed? Why?
How does baptism display your new union with Jesus?
How do you relate baptism and the Lord's Table?