>Need Some Creative Help for a Sermon

>We just did topical exegetical sermons in my preaching class. Now we have to take that same topical exegetical sermon and practice incorporating media next time. I need some help! Any creative ideas for this sermon? I’m preaching on the importance of baptism as a central Christian practice. We can use video, props, you name it. Thanks.

Point 1 – Believers are initiated in the Church through baptism, 1 Cor. 12:13.
13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Point 2 – Believers have victory over sin because of baptism, Rom. 6:3-6.
3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

Point 3 – Treat baptism as the central Christian practice that it is, Matt. 28:19-20a. (Audience is a bunch of guys about to go into ministry).
19″Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;



11 thoughts on “>Need Some Creative Help for a Sermon

  1. >Any movie with a circumcision scene would work for paedobaptism.

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | April 15, 2008, 8:00 pm
  2. >Oh, thought we might have a new contributor. 😉

    Posted by Jeff Wright | April 15, 2008, 10:57 am
  3. >Doh! I keep forgetting that blogger is now linked to gmail. I suppose I should have opened that last comment with “Nate posting as Mary.”

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | April 15, 2008, 10:00 am
  4. >Interesting that I didn’t get any paedo suggestions ;)Look again, dude. I think Jared’s been snacking on the death cookies.

    Posted by Mary Gilmour | April 15, 2008, 9:59 am
  5. >Thanks! Good stuff. I’m going to look over Shawshank and see what I think.Thanks for not suggesting interpretive dance.Interesting that I didn’t get any paedo suggestions ;)Any more suggestions, let me know.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | April 15, 2008, 2:42 am
  6. >How about Ron Burgandy’s cannonball from Anchorman?

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | April 15, 2008, 2:02 am
  7. >Yes, Shawshank! crawling through the sewer of our sin to the waters of redemption!

    Posted by Jared Nelson | April 14, 2008, 9:42 pm
  8. >Along the lines of films depicting types of baptism, the climax to the escape scene in The Shawshank Redemption also comes to mind.

    Posted by Dwight Watson | April 14, 2008, 6:48 pm
  9. >I wouldn’t likely do this with a Sunday AM crowd, but since your audience is ministerial men,they can handle it.There’s a 1970 Richard Harris movie called, “A Man Called Horse.”The tagline is “A man called “Horse” becomes an Indian warrior in the most electrifying ritual ever seen!”Anyway, he goes through a bizarre and toe-curling ritual to become a member of the group, which I think would contrast well with the rite of passage we have in our covenant community.Here’s some slooge on it.

    Posted by GUNNY | April 14, 2008, 3:00 pm
  10. >There’s always the scene from the Godfather where Michael is attending a baptism and “renouncing Satan and all his works” as his henchmen go around rubbing out his enemies.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | April 14, 2008, 1:45 pm
  11. >The first artifact that comes to mind is Flannery O’Connor’s story “The River.” You should be able to check an anthology of O’Connor stories out from your seminary library or even a local public library, and her tragic take on baptism would be a great starting point for talking about the gravity of the practice.But if only moving media count as media, three obvious candidates would be the baptism scenes from O Brother Where Art Thou, Sling Blade, and The Apostle. All three set baptism inside a world that cares little for baptism, and while one does so farcically, one tragically, and one tragi-comically (I’m almost certain that last one isn’t really a word), all three would illustrate Romans 6 nicely.If you’re focusing more on the 1 Corinthians angle, Robert DeNiro’s character (can’t remember the name) undergoes a watery conversion (though not properly a baptism) in The Mission. For the Matthew angle, if you’re willing to risk being offensive or silly, The Matrix is actually a pretty good metaphor for baptism as a making-disciples practice. After all, Neo (and by implication others rescued from the Matrix) are buried in water before the Nebuchadnezzar raises them again to a new life, one that often lands them in “the world” but not of “the world.”Hey, what did you expect? I’m a Campbellite–we think about baptism a bit! 😉

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | April 14, 2008, 12:15 pm

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