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Water Baptism Welcome to Zion Christian Church’s free on-line Bible Study Series. These studies were written by Pastor Dan Cramer, and are intended for use with the New International Version of the Bible. Other versions may of course be used, but the questions were based on the NIV translation and make more sense when used with it. Feel free to print this Study and record your answers on the page. You have now completed the first lesson in this series on Salvation. We surrender our lives to Christ and so receive by faith the benefits of His cross and resurrection. Scripture then directs us to a visible way of identifying with Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. We are to make a public declaration of our faith through water baptism. Jesus commanded that baptism accompany the spread of the Gospel across the earth. 1. What did Jesus say in Matthew 28:19-20? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

2. What does Mark 16:15-17 say? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

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The importance God places upon baptism is underscored by the reality that the institution and meaning of Christian baptism was prefigured twice in the Old Testament! 3. What does 1 Peter 3:18-22 tell us? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Without trying at this point to figure out who the spirits in prison were, we can certainly see plainly that the flood waters that destroyed what was ungodly and carried the righteous to their new position in the days of Noah (early Genesis) did indeed represent the waters of baptism. They are important! 4. 1 Corinthians 10:1&2 talks further about how baptism was hidden away in the Old Testament. What do these verses tell us? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Here we see both water baptism and the baptism in the Holy Spirit prefigured by Israel’s passing through the waters of the Red Sea and the Presence of the Cloud of Glory that led them through the wilderness with many amazing miracles.

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5. Hebrews 6:1-2 includes baptism in the list of foundational teachings for the Christian life. What do these verses say? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

All historic Christian traditions value and teach some form of water baptism. Some believe in infant baptism, some teach adult baptism. The simple and unmistakable truth of Scripture is that baptism is for BELIEVERS, whatever age they may be. Baptism is taught in Scripture as being a public, visible response to faith in Christ. in the Bible, faith in Christ is the prerequisite for baptism. Baptism itself is God’s method of allowing us to identify with the finished work of Christ, once we have personally received Him and surrendered our lives to Him. 6. Romans 6:3-7 addresses the meaning behind baptism. What do these verses say? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ http://zioncc.org 3


Baptism in the Bible was always done by total immersion. As we go under the waters of baptism we are identifying with the death of Jesus, agreeing that our old life was buried with Him. As we arise from the waters of baptism, we are identifying with the power of His resurrection; proclaiming that through faith in His finished work we are now walking in His resurrection life. 7. Colossians 2:11-12 also teaches the meaning of Baptism. What do these verses say? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Here again the Scripture describes the our identification with Christ’s cross and empty tomb as being the symbolism behind baptism.

Let’s look at some examples of baptism in Scripture. Notice that in every example that repentance and faith comes before baptism. 8. Matthew 3:6 ___________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ 9. Mark 1:5 _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

10. Acts 2:37-42

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________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ 11. Acts 8:26-40

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We see once again that baptism followed believing. It was obviously included in Phillip’s presentation of the Gospel. Can you ask, along with the Ethiopian eunuch, “What prevents me from being baptized?”

13. Luke 7:30

________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Did you notice that Scripture calls baptism “God’s purpose for them”? It still is. Will you follow the Lord in baptism if you have not been baptized since you believed? It is an important step in your Christian faith and walk. Have you made a public testimony of your identification with the finished work of Christ. Doing so will help you build you life upon the foundations God has laid for our faith.

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