Weekly Training Tip
This week we're talking about baptism - and how to talk with your group about their baptisms.
Here's the video:
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*Please let your Community Group know about the announcements that matter to them.
- We will be going to Guatemala to work with Compassion International on July 31st to August 6th to work with a project they have there, taking care of children and doing some light construction. The dates and prices are in your bulletin.
- We will also be going to Burkina Faso, Africa to work with Sheltering Wings on November 7-16 to work with an orphanage and share the gospel with some surrounding villages. The dates for that trip and prices are in your bulletin.
- If you are interested in either trip, we would love to have you join us this year as we travel to other countries to tell them and show them God’s love for them.
- You can email MattMashburn@WestPines.org and he will get you more information about those trips.
- You can register for the trips on our website (Go to Ministries -> Missions).
Sermon Title: The Rescue Symbol
Main Texts: Acts 8:26-39, Isaiah 53:5-6, Romans 6:3-4
REMINDER: The following Topics are for your preparation purposes only and should not be shared with the group as a refresher.
The Ethiopian Eunuch had climbed to the height of success in the empire that he lived. He controlled the treasury. It had come at great cost to himself. But apparently that left him unsatisfied, because now he is on a new quest…
He risked a lot to make the tremendous quest to Jerusalem. That would have taken many months. It was dangerous. And unlike today’s world, he couldn’t continue fulfilling his job from a distance. No telling how secure his position would be when he returned. He was on a spiritual question. On his way to worship in Jerusalem.
But what he would have found is again emptiness. After all that way he would have not been allowed to enter into the temple. As a eunuch it was against the law for him to do so. So he is traveling home still searching.
Philip meets him on his journey home. And the Eunuch just so happens to be reading from Isaiah 53, probably the most explicit passage about Jesus in the entire Old Testament. Philip explains to him that the passage is talking about Christ. And shares the gospel with him.
What happens next demonstrates a tremendous turn around. After all his toil to climb to success, after all his effort to journey on a spiritual pilgrimage, one conversation changes everything. He learns about Jesus. And he asks, “What prevents me from being baptized?” The answer is absolutely nothing! We can come to Jesus just as we are.
The story is one of a rescue. The eunuch has been drowning in discontentment, trying feverishly to get to some mysterious shore. And what he finds is that the answer is simply, Jesus has come to rescue him. It is a rescue story.
The Eunuch wants to be baptized. The symbol of conversion. The symbol that Jesus has washed us clean from the inside out. The declaration that we have been rescued by Jesus.
- So this puts a question to us: “What is preventing you from being baptized?”
- HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
- ICEBREAKER: What do you think is a great rescue story?
- READ: Acts 8:26-31
- How do you think Philip felt approaching the Eunuch?
- Have you ever felt God prompting you to take a step of boldness like that? How did it turn out?
- What do we know about the Eunuch regarding his worldly success?
- What do you think motivated the Eunuch to travel all the way to Jerusalem?
- READ: Isaiah 53:5-8
- How does this Isaiah passage point to Christ?
- READ: Romans 6:3-4
- What does Baptism symbolize?
- How would you explain the symbol of baptism to a child?
- Can someone share when they were baptized, and the significance of that moment to them?
- Why do you think Jesus commanded us to do baptism?
- What do you think keeps people from being baptized?
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