Baptism Mini-Discussion Guide
The Purpose of This Guide: To facilitate a discussion (10-15 minutes) within your group surrounding the topic of baptism. It is not intended to replace a full baptism study, our Baptism Class, or your current study, but simply start the conversation on baptism within your Community Group and point your group members to the upcoming Baptism Classes on each campus.
When/How to Use This Guide: Use this guide for two consecutive group meetings prior to the Baptism Class dates at your respective campus. Dates for the upcoming classes can be found here. Adjust these proposed agendas as relevant to your group.
- Review this guide. Determine the best point in your group meeting to utilize it - possibly as an opener or segue into your study if appropriate. Slot approximately 10-15 minutes of time into your agenda for each week.
- Pray for your group, specifically as it relates to the subject of baptism.
- Note that at Christ Community, baptism is reserved for weekend services (see Quick Start Guide).
Leader note: If there are questions you do not feel equipped to address, that's OK. Please direct people to the Baptism Class and the FAQ page on the website). Individuals are not obligated to be baptized if they take the class.
Introduce discussion by highlighting the following points:
- The Baptism Classes are coming up soon
- This week and next we'll be having a brief discussion on baptism
Opening Question: What are some reasons (valid or invalid) that may keep people from being baptized? (Leader note: Keep the discussion concise, avoiding "red-herring" tangents)
Baptism of believers is reference continuously throughout the New Testament. As a group, read the following passages:
Acts 8:12-13a But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized.
Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
- Leader: Share your baptism story in 1-2 minutes
- "Would anyone else like to share their baptism story?"
- "Is anyone who hasn't been baptized willing to share one thing keeping you from taking that step?"
- Announce the dates of the next Christ Community Baptism Class
- Pray for your group, specifically as it relates to baptism
Opening Question: "Can anyone share a meaningful believer's baptism for which they were an observer?"
As a group, read the following passage:
Acts 8:34-39: The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized? ” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
- "What applications, if any, do you see for yourself in this passage?"
- "Based on our two weeks of discussion, is anyone here considering attending the upcoming Baptism Classes? How can we as a group help and support you towards this step?"
If Anyone In Your Group Has Committed to Attending Baptism Class or Being Baptized:
- Consider praying over them individually with praise and encouragement
- Make sure they know the upcoming dates for the Baptism Class
St. Charles - Adult Ministries
Lorie is originally from Southern California, but spent many years in Boston and really considers herself to be an east coast girl. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on women's issues from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She oversees our Women's Ministry.
In her spare time...well, she has no spare time. Time away from ministry is spent enjoying her husband and three boys.
Leah grew up in West Dundee, Illinois and received my BA in Education at the University of Iowa. Leah, her husband, Steve, and their three children began attending Christ Community Church in 2003. She has enjoyed being involved with women's and student ministries over the years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with my family and friends, reading a good book, and gardening.
Jack is originally from upstate New York, and is a graduate of Brown University where he received his degree in Economics. Before joining the Christ Community Church staff, Jack spent 31 years in the consumer products industry in various sales and marketing managerial positions.
Jack and Susie have been married for over 30 years and have five wonderful children.
Lee was born in the Wicker Park area of Chicago and spent his early life slowly moving west, to the Austin District, Oak Park, Elmhurst, and, finally, Batavia. An alumni of Morton College, Lincoln college, and later, Moody Bible Institute, Lee spent 29 years in the meat division of a local grocery chain. Lee has been married over 40 years to his wife, Deb, and have three adult children and four grandchildren. He loves basketball, hiking, camping in Colorado, and sharing his faith with seekers
Jeannine was born and raised in Champaign, IL. She is married to her high-school sweetheart Jason and they have two children. They have been attending and serving at Christ Community Church since 2008.
She enjoys scrapbooking, playing volleyball with her family, biking, and cheering her son on in baseball.