“You Are What You Wear” (Session 1)


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This PowerPoint accompanied the Session 1 presentation on Baptism, which was presented by Rev. Aaron J. White, during the Opening Confirmation Retreat for the combined Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery/Providence Presbytery Cluster. This presentation took place from 1:00-3:00 PM on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Bethelwoods Camp & Conference Center.

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“You Are What You Wear” (Session 1)

  1. 1. <ul><li>There are two Sacraments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Baptism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Lord’s Supper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sacraments are celebrations that God offers to us. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus tells believers that we are to celebrate these Sacraments. </li></ul>What is a Sacrament?
  2. 2. How do the Sacraments point to God? <ul><li>Sacraments are reminders of Jesus’ presence with us and his power in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Sacraments symbolize God’s action: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God seals us in redemption. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God renews our identity as the people of God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God marks us for service. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Baptism of Jesus <ul><li>13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Matthew 3:13-17 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. From Humiliation to Exaltation <ul><ul><ul><li>The very first thing that Jesus does as he sets out on his ministry is to go and receive baptism from his cousin John. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John didn’t want to baptize Jesus, because he knew that it would be an act of humiliation. As God’s son, “the Beloved,” Jesus didn’t need to repent or be washed clean. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But Jesus wanted to establish a connection between himself and all of those who would come back to God through their relationship with Jesus. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through Jesus’ act of humiliation, we are lifted up as “children of God.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why do we baptize with water? <ul><li>Water is abundant! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most of our molecular makeup is water. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3/4 of the earth is covered in water. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>water is found in rivers, springs, lakes, ponds, oceans, and glaciers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water comes right from the tap. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Water is scarce! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For much of the world water is valuable. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We use it for drinking, for farming, for cleaning, bathing, and cooking. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most major religions make use of water in purification rituals. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Discovering Baptism in Scripture <ul><li>Please find the Scripture lesson listed for your group. Read the passage together and discuss the questions on your handout. Take notes of your insights to share with everyone in a few minutes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group 1: Acts 2:37-47 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group 2: Acts 10:34-48 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group 3: Romans 6:1-14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group 4: Galatians 3:19-29 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group 5: Titus 3:1-9 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Gifts of God: The Sacraments - Baptism: A Sign of Promise Baptism and Communion in the Reformed tradition are celebrated in this resource from the Presbyterian Reformed Educational Partners (PREP). Five Reformed denominations jointly produced this video to help congregations start conversations about the Sacraments with new parents, new members, confirmation classes, and officers. Use this resource for nurturing disciples of all ages. To download this video from the PC(USA) website, go to the following link: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/gifts-god-sacrament-dvd/
  8. 8. How does God act through Baptism? <ul><li>Passing through the water, God offers us a share in Christ’s death and his resurrection to new life. </li></ul><ul><li>The Holy Spirit brings us together; the church is the body of Christ, made up of everyone who shares the covenant of grace. </li></ul><ul><li>God uses water to remind us of the many stories in the Bible that show us God’s love for us and for everything that God has created. </li></ul><ul><li>God uses baptism to symbolize the seal of the covenant of grace, which is made through Jesus Christ and offered to everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>In baptism, God claims us as beloved children </li></ul><ul><li>God uses baptism to call us to action. </li></ul><ul><li>The Holy Spirit empowers us with gifts for ministry in the church and the world. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How do we respond through Baptism? <ul><li>Repentance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Having witnessed God’s power to wash away our sins, we declare that evil will not have power over us, and instead, we turn our focus to God’s will for our lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Faithfulness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We trust in God to continue to provide for us, just as God has always done. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discipleship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We seek to obey God, following the example of service seen in the life of Christ. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Baptism: An Ordinary Exercise <ul><li>What makes baptism ordinary? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Baptism is celebrated using ordinary water, “common to the location.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The water doesn’t have to be applied in one specific way: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Immersion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pouring </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sprinkling </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Who should we be baptizing? <ul><ul><li>In the Reformed tradition (what Presbyterians believe), baptism is appropriate for everyone. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We baptize infants, with parents, family, and church members making promises on behalf of the child. Later on, that child has an opportunity to claim those promises to God for him or herself through confirmation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We baptize older children, youth, and adults, who have never before received baptism and who are now ready to proclaim their faith for themselves. Often, youth are baptized on the same day that they are confirmed. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. How Can I Claim My Baptism? <ul><li>As we receive baptism and remember our baptism, we also are called to claim our place through our actions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Going through Confirmation is an important first step. This is your opportunity to proclaim your own faith about who God is and what you are being called to do in the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God calls us to be united with the church. So, we should always be looking for ways that we can be active in church (worshipping, learning, serving, etc.). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God wants the church and its people to continually work toward shaping a world that looks more and more like the coming Kingdom. God calls each baptized believer special tasks in our shared work. </li></ul></ul>