Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – July 1

BAPTIZED – Week 5

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord,
one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all.”

Theme: Celebrations of Baptism

Warm-Up Questions:
What is the most exciting event you have ever taken part in?
What is most challenging for you from the Baptism celebration when you think about your own baptism?

Observation and Interpretation Questions:

Read Acts 8:26-39 – The Ethiopian Eunuch

  1. How do you think Philip felt when he found himself in the desert (verse 26)?
  2. How might you have reacted upon seeing the man in the chariot (verses 27-29)?
  3. Why do you think it was important for the man to be baptized (verses 36-38)?
  4. What is there to show that the man was genuinely changed (verse 39)?

Read Acts 9:1-20 – The Jewish Pharisee 

  1. How do you think Saul (Paul) felt when he heard the voice from heaven (verses 1-6)?
  2. Why do you think God went to the lengths He did concerning him (verses 7-9)?
  3. How does Ananias’ hesitation resonate with you as you think about your life (verses 10-14)?

ReadActs 10: 36-41– The Roman Centurion

  1. How do you think you would have felt if you were Cornelius (verses 30-33)?
  2. How was what happened a confirmation of what Peter had been saying (verse 44-46)?
  3. What is one thing that you can take away from these three stories of baptism?
Application Questions
  1. How are you going to let the joy of baptism challenge your thinking this week?
  2. What can you do to make God’s call to consider new possibilities a bigger part of your lifestyle?

Prayer: HeavenlyFather, broaden our understanding of all You have done for us through our own baptism
as we observed the baptism of so many others among us.

Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week,
using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.

Going Deeper

What is your immediate reaction to the Peter’s statement:
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise  is to you and to
your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.

Read Psalm 126:1
What do you find most challenging regarding the description of the returning Jews?

Read Psalm 126:2-3
What in the psalm is easiest for you to relate to when you consider they had been away for
seventy years?

Read Psalm 126:5-6
How might you describe the relationship between sowing and reaping used here?

Read Philippians 4:4-7
How can you let the joy of the Lord be more active in all you do and say this week?

Share about a time when you realized that “God shall supply all your need according to His
riches in glory by Christ Jesus
?” 

Prayer: Father, help us recognize that through our baptism in Jesus Christ, You give us more than simply
a reason to be thankful, but ample basis to celebrate.