Water and the Word

Do you have a friend or family member who needs to be baptized?  Do you know someone whose children need to be baptized?  How might you turn this witnessing opportunity into an actuality?

1.  Understand for yourself what the Lord did for you when you were baptized with the water and the Word.  See:  http://www.lutheran-resources.org/10_lessons_9.htm and  http://www.bookofconcord.org/smallcatechism.php#baptism.

2.  Write a short explanation of why you were baptized and the benefits received as a result of being baptized so that you are better prepared to speak of the importance of baptism. 

3.  Leave a resource that explains baptism with the interested person(s) so that they can learn more about baptism and promise to return to discuss the material with them.  One resource you might want to consider is a 10 minute DVD presentation produced by Vox Visuals (http://voxvisuals.com/products.htm).  Concordia Publishing House has many books and pamphlets that address the topic of baptism from a variety of perspectives (e.g. (http://www.cph.org/cphstore/Find.asp?find_part_desc=Baptism).

4.  Arrange a follow-up visit to answer the questions they might have regarding Holy Baptism.

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