Baptism

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“You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail” Lyrics from Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Publishing: (c) 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing Writer(s): Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, and Salomon Ligthelm

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Following Jesus

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Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13 (NIV)

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Jesus talks with Nicodemus Rebirth

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3 Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again .” 4 “How can a grown man be born again?” Nicodemus asked. “He certainly cannot enter his mother's womb and be born a second time!” 5 “I am telling you the truth,” replied Jesus, “that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 A person is born physically of human parents, but is born spiritually of the Spirit. John 3:3-6 (GNB)

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“Come follow Me”

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16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16-18 (NIV)

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19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. Mark 1:19-20 (NIV)

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Who? What? Why? What?

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Who? What? Why? What?

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WHO was asking them to follow him? Who? What? Why? What?

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One Solitary Life He was born in an obscure village The child of a peasant woman He grew up in another obscure village Where he worked in a carpenter shop Until he was thirty He never wrote a book, He never held an office, He never went to college, He never visited a big city He never travelled more than 200 miles From the place where he was born He did none of the things Usually associated with greatness He had no credentials but himself…

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One Solitary Life …He was only thirty three His friends ran away One of them denied him He was turned over to his enemies And went through the mockery of a trial He was nailed to a cross between two thieves While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing The only property he had on earth…

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One Solitary Life …When he was dead He was laid in a borrowed grave Through the pity of a friend Nineteen centuries have come and gone And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race And the leader of mankind’s progress All the armies that have ever marched…

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One Solitary Life …All the navies that have ever sailed All the parliaments that have ever sat All the kings that ever reigned put together Have not affected the life of mankind on earth As powerfully as that one solitary life AUTHOR: James Allan Francis (1864–1928)

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19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations , baptising 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.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

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2. WHAT was he asking them to do? Who? What? Why? What?

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3. WHY be baptised? Who? What? Why? What?

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Jesus told us to WHY be baptised ?

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Jesus told us to Jesus set us an example ‘This is my Son with whom I am well pleased’ WHY be baptised ?

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Jesus told us to Jesus set us an example ‘This is my Son with whom I am well pleased’ The early church continued to do so WHY be baptised ?

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4. WHAT does it mean? Who? What? Why? What?

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Dying to our old life - rising again to a new life. WHAT does it mean?

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Dying to our old life - rising again to a new life. Our sins are washed away WHAT does it mean?

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Dying to our old life - rising again to a new life. Our sins are washed away A public demonstration of complete dedication and love WHAT does it mean?

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