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John 3:5-7 

A Natural Birth vs. a Spiritual Birth.

John 3:5-7
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Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
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That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
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Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

  1. Why must a person be born again?
    John 3:5
    Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
  2. How are those who are born of the flesh only, different than those who are born of both the flesh and the Spirit?
    John 3:6
    That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  3. What should we not marvel about?
    John 3:7
    Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Romans 6:1-3

Baptism is the Death of Our Old Sinful Nature.

Romans 6:1-3
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What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
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By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
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Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

  1. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
    Romans 6:1-2
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    What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
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    By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
  2. Shall we live any longer in sin?
    Romans 6:2
    By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
  3. When you were baptized into Christ Jesus, what were you baptized into?
    Romans 6:3
    Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Romans 6:4

Baptism is the Buriel of Our Old Sinful Nature.

Romans 6:4
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.

  1. Through baptism, into what were we buried?
    Romans 6:4
    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.
  2. How should we now walk?
    Romans 6:4
    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 6:5-7

Baptism is a Resurrection to New Life with Jesus.

Romans 6:5-7
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For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
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We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
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For one who has died has been set free from sin.

  1. If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, how also will we be united with Him?
    Romans 6:5
    For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
  2. What has happened to our old man?
    Romans 6:6
    We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
  3. What should we no longer be slaves of?
    Romans 6:6
    We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
  4. If you have died, what have you been freed from?
    Romans 6:7
    For one who has died has been set free from sin.

James 2:14-17

Baptism is an Act of Faith.

James 2:14-17
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What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
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If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
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and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
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So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

  1. If someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can faith save him?
    James 2:14
    What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

    Obviously not

  2. If a brother or sister is naked and destitute, and you say to them, “be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things they need, what does it profit?
    James 2:15-16
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    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
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    and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

    Obviously, it does not profit at all

  3. If faith is by itself, and it has no works, what is it?
    James 2:17
    So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Matthew 28:18-20

Baptism is an Act of Obedience.

Matthew 28:18-20
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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

  1. What authority in heaven, and on earth, has been given to Jesus?
    Matthew 28:18
    And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
  2. What did He command His disciples to do”?
    Matthew 28:19
    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  3. To become His disciple, what must you learn to obey?
    Matthew 28:20
    teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  4. As we fulfill this command, how long will He be with us?
    Matthew 28:20
    teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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