River: A Place for Baptism and Remembering Baptism
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Presented by: Bill Patrick Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:13-17
Questions for continuing reflection:
What does Jesus’ baptism mean to you? What does it reveal or initiate? Why is it important?
Reflect upon your own baptism into Jesus. What role does it play in your daily living and discipleship? Why was it something significant?
In terms of the promises made in the baptismal covenant, reflect upon what it means to “renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, repent of your sin, and resist evil, injustice, and oppression…” Where is the Holy Spirit inspiring you to grow in these commitments? Where are you being called to the work of repentance, rejection of evil, and resistance against things that are counter to God’s purposes?
According to the promises made by you or the ones who presented you, a confession of Jesus as Savior, a trusting in his grace, and a promise to serve him in union with the church are fundamental parts of the life into which you were baptized. Where is God calling you to grow in your salvation, your trusting in grace, and your participation both in the church’s ministry and other works of ministry?
Gratitude for Jesus’ willingness to enter the baptismal water
Prayer for the church’s people to live out their baptism more vibrantly
Prayer for those harmed and hindered by the evil, injustice, and oppression that we are committed to stand against
Prayer for those who have been baptized but who have traveled far from the baptismal water and what it signifies