Baptism — New Life in Christ

Categories: Children's Church

1. LESSON: Baptism — New Life in Christ

  • In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples and Peter preached the gospel. 3000 people wanted to receive Jesus that day!
  • They wanted to know what to do next. Peter told them, “Repent, and be baptised, every one of you.” (Acts 2:38)
  • Repent: to “change your mind” and believe that Jesus is the only way.
  • Baptise: an outward act to tell everyone that we believe Jesus is the only hope for salvation.
  • Significance of Baptism:
  • Water Baptism is a declaration of our faith in the finished work of Jesus; it is NOT a ritual to ensure salvation.
  • When we are baptised, we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
  • We die with Christ — our old self died with Him.
  • We rise again — we have new life (Jesus’ life) in us now.
  • Romans 6:3-5
    Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
  • Colossians 2:12 And you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
  • Baptism is an act of faith. Faith is the “active ingredient” at baptism, and without faith, baptism means nothing. This is what distinguishes baptism from bathing.
  • When we have faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross, then we can identify with Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection.
  • We need to understand and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died for our sins and that He was raised from the dead.
  • In being baptized into Christ we “clothe” ourselves with Him or “put on Christ”. When God looks at us he does not see our sins, but Christ’s righteousness instead.
  • In Genesis 3:21, after Adam and Eve sinned (and died spiritually), God provided them with animal skins to clothe them and give them a covering. This required the shedding of the blood of animals. In the Old Testament a sacrifice for sin always required the shedding of blood.
  • Under the New Covenant the shedding of blood was still required, but this time it was to be by the sinless Lamb of God that Jesus Himself shed on the cross. And just as God clothed Adam and Eve, so too, He now clothes us — but now it is with Christ Jesus. Amen!

 

2. Suggested Activities

  • Ask kids who have been baptised to share their testimony.
  • Close in prayer

God’s Word on Faith

Categories: Children's Church

1. Lesson
  • The Bible tells us that our Christian walk is a walk of faith.
  • 2 Cor 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
  • What is faith?
    • Believing that God keeps His promises even when we cannot see it fulfilled yet.
    • Heb 1:1 To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.
    • Just like when cannot see air, but we can trust that when we take our next breath, we will get what our body needs. Just like when we cannot see gravity, we can take a step knowing we won’t float away.
  • What is our faith based on?
    • Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
    • Our faith is NOT wishy-washy. Not based on hopeful day dreams. Our faith is based on who God is (unchanging, faithful), and what Jesus has done to bring us into relationship with Him.
    • Because of Jesus, we qualify for God’s promises!
  • How to move mountains?
    • Jesus says that with faith, we can speak to mountains and they will move.
    • Mark 11:23-24  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you praybelieve that you receive them, and you will have them.
  • What are mountains?
    • Any challenges we may face — problems, sickness, stress etc
  • What do we have to do when we face mountains?
    • Speak God’s promises to the problem  (“Say to the mountain”; “Pray”)
    • Believe what you say to the problem will be done
    • Rest in Faith — know that God keeps His promises
  • Where can we find God’s promises?
    • In the Bible!
    • When we are in trouble …
      • “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
      • “The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8
    • When we are afraid …
      • “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
    • When we are tired …
      • “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” Isaiah 40:29
    • When we are sick …
      • He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24
    • When we are in need …
      • And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19
  • When we pray, we speak what we believe — what God’s word says
    • When you don’t feel well:
      • “I’m not moved by what my body tells me. I believe what Christ said about me. He said that by His stripes I am healed, so I declare that I am healed.”
    •  When you are facing “mountains” or problems:
      • “Problem, no matter how big you may seem to be, you are no match for the Christ in me. Be removed and be cast into the sea! For in Christ I have the victory.”
  • Even when we cannot see God working yet, continue to believe that His Promises are true, and He is faithful and will never fail.
  • Memory Verse: Heb 11:1 To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. 
 
 
2. Activity Idea
  • Activity Sheet: God Keeps His Promises