Baptism & the Lord's Supper
" 19Go therefore 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, ESV)
1 Corinthians 11:25 - "25 In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (1 Corinthians 11:25, ESV)
Metamorphosis: "A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means."
"unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3, ESV)
" 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate Myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:16-19, ESV)
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans 12:2, ESV)
"3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:3-4, ESV)
"So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus." (Romans 6:11, ESV)
"having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead." (Colossians 2:12, ESV)
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup." (1 Corinthians 11:23-27, ESV)
Week 3 of SALT - Reflection: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
Communion and Baptism are two ordinances established by Jesus that the Church is required to practice. Both of these ordinances are symbols that Christians throughout the history of the
Christian faith have participated in. These are, in addition to the Gospel, quite literally, something that all Christians have in common, regardless of their other beliefs. Tonight we will look at briefly each of these two ordinances so that we can better understand what they are and why we practice them.
Communion: 1 Cor. 11:23-28
1. What does the bread represent in this passage?
2. How does this paint a picture of the crucifixion?
3. In verse 25 Jesus refers to the cup and “the new covenant in my blood.” What does the cup of blood represent in this passage?
4. As a group, look through these verses. What do they tell you about why we partake in
the Lord’s Supper?
5. We just saw in v26 that this practice is sermon being preached to all those who witness it. But it is also a reminder to ourselves. How does v28 demonstrate this fact?
As a group, read Rom.6:3-5.
6. Paul makes three individual points in v3, 4, and 5. As a group take the time to identify them.
So, how does baptism symbolize death. This can be quite confusing but it is very present throughout scripture. Let’s take a closer look.
7. Turn to Gen. 7:21-23. What caused death in this passage?
8. Now turn to Ex.14:21-28. What causes death in this passage?
9. Finally, look to Jonah 2:5. What do these verses tell us about Jonah’s thoughts as he was immersed in water?
It was common throughout the days of scripture that immersion in water symbolized death. It did for the people left off of the Ark, the Egyptians who pursued God’s people, and it was also a fate to which Jonah had conceded, before, much like Noah’s family and the ark, Jonah was saved by a vessel of GOD’s mercy! So baptism by immersion, the method prescribed in scripture, does paint a very vivid picture of death through being immersed completely in water--a scriptural precedent of GOD’s wrath and judgement! In the picture of baptism, we are kept safe in GOD’s wrath and judgement, (much like Noah’s family and Jonah) through a vessel of mercy--JESUS CHRIST!