Sunday School

Week 17

January 16th – Jesus is Baptized (Matthew 3:13-17)

Baptism, a rite of repentance, cleansing, and new life, predates Christianity. Some Jewish groups practiced baptism. John the Baptist was Jesus’ forerunner who proclaimed that the reign of God was near and beckoned people to repentance and baptism. So far in Matthew, Jesus has been identified as king (Matthew 2:2), Messiah (Matthew 2:4), and “my son” (that is, the Lord’s Son – Matthew 2:15). IN Matthew 3:13-17, we will hear again “my Son, the Beloved.” This passage also continues Matthew’s message that Jesus comes as fulfiller and fulfillment of God’s purposes (Matthew 3:15).


God of Grace, how wonderful are your ways! I praise you for the gift of new life through baptism. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your family. Help me to live a life that is faithful and pleasing to you. Amen.


-Remind your family it is God’s Word and the water at baptism that welcomes us into God’s family. A candle is given at baptism to help remind us to shine our light to others. The cross reminds us of the gift of God’s forgiveness through the death of Jesus so that we can live a new life with Jesus now and forever.

-Discuss different ways your family uses water. Discuss how God uses water in a special through baptism.

KNOW the story of the baptism of Jesus.


GROW in your faith as you spend time with others in God’s family.


SHOW love by telling others about their place in God’s family.


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