The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.
First The Nature of Baptism
What is Baptism?
Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word.
Which is that word of God?
Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Acts 2:38-39 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Matthew 28:19-20 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Second The Blessing of Baptism
What benefits does Baptism give?
It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
Which are these words and promises of God?
Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).
Romans 6:3-5 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Vocabulary for this week. Please define these words.
What was the message of John the Baptist?
When people were Baptized by John the Baptist what did they do first?
Where was Jesus Baptized?
What did John want Jesus to do for him?
For what reason was Jesus Baptized?
When Jesus was Baptized what came down from Heaven in the form of a dove and came to rest on Jesus?
Who was the voice that spoke?
What did that voice say?
Where do we find the entire Holy Trinity in this reading?
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
Before Jesus ascended (went up to heaven to be with His Father) He gave the disciples a command? What was it?
How are they to “make disciples”?
In who’s name are they to Baptize?
What is to go along with the Baptizing?
Jesus makes a promise to all people just before He goes up (ascends) to be with His Father. What is it?
Questions from the Catechism for the Nature of Baptism.
LSC Q292 What are the means of Grace?
LSC Q 293 There are three qualifications for something to be called a Sacrament.
What are they?
LSC Q 294. We teach there are two Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. What do Lutherans sometimes, count as the third Sacrament?
LSC Q 297 What does the word Baptize mean?
LSC Q 298 Do we use Holy Water?
What makes this water “divine water”?
LSC Q 299 Where did Jesus command us to Baptize?
LSC Q 300 When someone is being baptized, who is the one that is baptizing them?
LSC Q 301 Can you Baptize someone?
When would it be appropriate for you to Baptize someone?
LSC Q 302 Who is Jesus referring to when He says “Baptize all nations”?
LSC Q 303 Not all Christian Churches baptize babies. Why do we baptize babies?
LSC Q 307 Why are not all Baptisms to be recognized as valid?
Why did Jesus die?
When we are Baptized we are connected to Jesus’ death which gave us the forgiveness of sins. Did Jesus stay dead?
What promise does Romans 6 give to us?
If we are Baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit will we stay dead after we die?
Blessings of Baptism
LSC Q 308 God does great things in our Baptism. What do these verses assure us God does for us in Holy Baptism.
LSC Q 309 Christ accomplished the forgiveness of all my sins, and the sins of all people on the cross. How is that gift of forgiveness given to me?
LSC Q 312 If God commands Baptism how can someone be saved that is not Baptized?
LSC Q 313 What would have to happen for a Baptized person to not go to heaven?
LSC Q 314 I love to teach people and encourage people to make the sign of the Holy Cross. Why is it so important to remember our Baptism all the time?