bible reading plan

washed by the water | holy baptism

september 27 - october 25 teaching series

"Suppose for a moment that there was a doctor who had such incredible talent that he could prevent people from dying, and bring those who had died back to life, never to die again. Just imagine how people would do whatever they could to be treated by this doctor! Now consider that in Holy Baptism, God actually does give us the gift of eternal life! Let’s learn more about this marvelous blessing." 
--Dr. A.L. Berry, "What About Baptism?"

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september 27 | nature

  • What is Baptism? Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word.
  • Which is that word of God? Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19)
  • Matthew 3:13-17; Numbers 6; 1 Kings 8; 2 Corinthians 6; Psalm 138

october 4 | blessings

  • What benefits does Baptism give? It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
  • Which are these words and promises of God? Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)
  • Acts 2:1-14, 29-41; Romans 6; 1 Peter 3; Titus 3; Galatians 3; Psalm 41

october 11 | power

  • How can water do such great things? Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” (Titus 3:5–8)
  • John 3:1-15; 2 Kings 5:1-15; 2 Corinthians 5; 1 Corinthians 6; John 7; Psalm 43

october 18 | what baptism indicates

  • What does such baptizing with water indicate? It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
  • Where is this written? St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six: “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Rom. 6:4)
  • Romans 6:1-14; Ephesians 4; Galatians 2; Colossians 3; Psalm 18

october 25 | saved by grace through faith

  • Reformation Day celebrates Martin Luther’s nailing his ninety-five theses to the church door Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517.  By posting them to the church door (which was similar to a public bulletin board, or even today's use of social media) Luther intended to start a debate among his fellow academics. 
  • Luther's main areas of focus were threefold: (1) salvation by faith alone; (2) the Bible is the only authority; (3) the elevation and importance of the priesthood of all believers.
  • Luther's Rose Coloring Sheet
  • Matthew 5:1-12; Romans 3; Revelation 14; Psalm 46