What is Baptism? Discussion Questions

What is Baptism?

Discussion Questions

•    Why is baptism an important event for the follower of Jesus?
•    How would you respond to someone who believed baptism is necessary for salvation?
•    Is baptism in the New Testament a continuation of circumcision from Old Testament?  Why or why not?
•    If there’s time, share your baptism story with the group.

Romans 2:25-29 Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
Paul answers the objection that circumcision, being a sign of the covenant, could spare believing Jews from the coming judgment. In doing so, he points out the fact that we are saved through faith alone apart from our works.

Discussion Questions

•    Why is is important that Abraham received circumcision after God called him out of Ur?

•    Why do you believe it was so easy for the Jews to falsely assume that circumcision would save them?

•    What modern parallels to circumcision do you believe Christians may struggle with in regard to earning salvation (e.g., baptism, communion, membership, etc.)?

What Does This Say About God?

•    God covenants with his people in relationship

•    God sets his people apart for the purpose of representing him to the world

•    God replaces hearts of stone with hearts of flesh

What Does This Say About Humanity?

•    We are prone to rely on our own self-righteousness

•    We are dependent on God to replace our hearts of stone

What Will You Do About It?


For more insight to this passage listen to One More Thing – where our teaching pastors discuss the passage in greater detail using these discussion questions.

Romans 2:12-16 Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
Is God just in judging those who have never heard the gospel? Paul answers this age-old question.

Discussion Questions

•    Is is just that God would judge people without hearing the gospel? Why or why not?

•    Can people who do not believe in God cultivate moral lives? Why or why not?

•    Discuss the following statement: Ignorance does not mean innocence.

•    In what ways can our conscience become seared? Can we “unsear” our conscience?

 

What Does This Say About God?
•    God is an impartial, perfectly fair judge.

•    God has placed a moral compass in the soul of every human being.

•    Christ will come to judge all sin, even the hidden sin.

What Does This Say About Humanity?

•    All people have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

•    There is no such thing as an “anonymous Christian.”

•    The one we need saving from is the one who can save us.

What Will You Do About It?


For more insight to this passage listen to One More Thing – where our teaching pastors discuss the passage in greater detail using these discussion questions.

Romans 2:6-11 Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
God shows no partiality concerning race, ethnicity, tribe, or gender when it comes to his judgment. By his grace alone, neither does he show partiality in the forgiveness of sin.

Discussion Questions
1. The Jews in Rome believed they had special standing before God that exempted them from judgment. Can you think of an example in which people today believe they are exempt from his judgment?

2. What does it mean to seek glory, honor, and immortality in patience?

3. When Paul states that God “will render each on according to his works,” is he describing karma? Why or why not?

 

What Does This Say About God?   

  • God is an impartial, perfectly fair judge
  • God cannot allow unrighteousness to go unpunished
  • God is not into karma: he gives all what they deserve, but some he gives what they do not deserve

What Does This Say About Humanity?

  • Like God, we should show no partiality in our interactions with people.
  • We may pursue after God’s glory, honor, and immortality through Christ.
  • Our perseverance is fueled by the Holy Spirit with an eternal perspective on life.

What Will You Do About It?


For more insight to this passage listen to One More Thing – where our teaching pastors discuss the passage in greater detail using these discussion questions.