StoneBridge Community Church
Advent: Baptism, Mark 1:4
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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Mark 1:4

During Advent, we will be looking at how John the Baptist prepared people for Jesus' arrival. John proclaims a "baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." What is baptism? What does repentance look like in today's world? What exactly is sin and how is it forgiven? And how does all of this prepare us for Jesus? We will be asking those questions and more as we prepare for Jesus' birth on Christmas.

Theology 101 - Baptism

"The Reformed view is summarized in the confessional documents of the Presbyterian and Continental Reformed churches: the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms for the former, and the Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Canons of Dort for the latter. These documents lay out a view of baptism that is distinctly different from the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Baptist views. This view can be understood under three headings: the meaning of baptism, the recipients of baptism, and the mode of baptism." Click link to read more.

What Presbyterians believe...

"The act of baptism is deceptively simple—but in a handful of water, there is a deep well of mystery and meaning." Click link to read more.

I. Who is John the Baptist?

II. How did he prepare people for Jesus?

III. What is baptism?

IV. How does baptism prepare us for Jesus?

V. Who should be baptized?

1) If you haven't been baptized, pray and discern if its time for you to be baptized.

2) If you have been baptized, reflect on your baptism. When was it? How old were you?

3) Make a list of the ways God has been faithful to you through your baptism since you were baptized.

4) Think of someone you know who isn't baptized. Pray that God would work in his or her life.

1) Have you been baptized? If so, what were the circumstances?

2) Why do you think John the Baptist urged people to be baptized?

3) How does baptism prepare us for Jesus?

4) What is the point of baptism?

5) How has God been faithful to your baptism?
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