Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Real Salvation

1 Peter 3:18-22


1.     What do the key prepositions, conjunctions, and adverbs in v.18 each mean in helping us understand the Gospel?

2.     How does your Bible version translate the ESV “in the spirit” at the end of v.18?  How does that particular translation influence your understanding of the rest of the passage? – We will talk about this in particular and in detail next Wednesday night, but it may be helpful to begin looking at it now.

3.     The person and work of Christ is what brings all of us together each Sunday as a church family.  With your own personal testimony, relate how the unity we have in the Gospel allows you to love other believers who are from very different backgrounds than you are.

4.     From your own experience, what are the dangers of placing too much emphasis on the supernatural world (v.19-20)? What are the dangers of placing too little emphasis?

5.     How encouraging is it for you to know that because Jesus’ resurrection (v.21-22) sealed the doom of all supernatural foes, he is able to direct your life, including your sufferings, for your good and his glory?

6.     What does the phrase “baptism now saves you” mean? What does it not mean? How does the context of comparing the ark to Jesus’ resurrection and the flood waters to baptismal waters help answer this question?

7.     How important is baptism in the overall savings work of God in Christ from justification to sanctification to glorification? 

a.     What role does it play?

b.     What would you say to the person who says, “I’m saved, but I’m not really interested in being baptized”? 

c.      Is it possible for a person to have a “good conscience” before God and not be baptized?

d.      Does this passage insist on believer's baptism as opposed to infant baptism, in your opinion?