The Bible has much to say about baptism and what it does. It’s exciting to read about what God does for us through the simple act of immersion! As we study through this together, we’ll see that not one of them is insignificant. When using this topic for teaching purposes, remember to take time to look at the surrounding verses to explain the context.
*Note: If you have already marked the plan of salvation, make sure you use a different color to mark this topic as a couple of the verses will overlap.
In the front of your Bible, write:
What Baptism Does- Matt. 28:19
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Circle “baptizing” and underline “make disciples.” At the end of the verse, write Mark 16:16.
He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
Circle “baptized” and underline “saved.” At the end of the verse, write Acts 2:38.
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Circle “baptized” and underline “forgiveness of your sins.” At the end of the verse, write 22:16.
Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.
Circle “baptized” and underline “wash away your sins.” At the end of the verse, write Rom. 6:4.
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Circle “baptism” and underline “newness of life.” You might also want to write in the margin, “Baptism duplicates the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.” At the end of the verse, write 1 Cor. 12:13.
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Circle “baptized” and underline “into one body.” At the end of the verse, write Gal. 3:27.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Circle “baptized” and underline “into Christ” and “clothed yourselves with Christ.” Some versions read “put on Christ.” In the margin, write “Baptism is the door to the blessings found in Christ (see Eph. 1:3).” At the end of the verse, write Col. 2:12,13.
Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.
Circle “baptism” and underline “alive together with Him” and “forgiven us all our transgressions.” At the end of the verse, write 1 Pet. 3:21.
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Circle “baptism” and underline “saves you.”
To recap, here is what the Scriptures teach that baptism does for you:
- It’s how you become a disciple.
- It saves you.
- It’s how you receive forgiveness of sins.
- It washes away your sins.
- It gives you a new life.
- It adds you to the body.
- It’s how you put on Christ.
- It makes you “alive with Him.”
- It’s how your transgressions are forgiven.
- And again, it saves you.
Thank God for the marvelous blessings that come to those who are baptized into His Son!