What Changes When You Go Public?

From Going Public: A 7-Day Devotional About Baptism and Why It Matters

The Big Idea: Saying Jesus is Lord of your life changes everything.

Baptism is going public in saying that Jesus is Lord of your life.

When you asked God for help, for healing, and for salvation, you claimed the promise that He will never let you down. God stands by His promise to save you, change you, and stay with you.

God’s promise applies, no matter who you are or what you’ve done. Saying yes to Jesus is accepting the salvation He freely gives.

Being saved by Jesus means you’ve been rescued. No more trying to live up to someone’s expectations, no more hiding in shame, no more attempts to fix your own life. God rescues you from all of that.

Going public is about showing on the outside how God is changing you on the inside.

Every time God makes a difference in your life, it deserves a celebration. He is only getting started with you, and the best is yet to come.


  • What is one area of your life in which you’re excited to see Jesus bring change?

October 11, 2015

Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Does Being Baptized Mean All Your Problems Are Fixed?

Big Idea: Our problems aren’t automatically fixed, but God promises to be with us and help us through them. The short answer is “no,” ...

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Session 2

What Does Baptism Mean?

Big Idea: No matter what’s in our past, baptism is a mark of how Jesus has changed us. Baptism is a picture of death, burial, and resu...

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Session 3

Why Did People Celebrate When You Were Baptized?

The Big Idea: People celebrated to welcome you into God’s family. When you accepted Jesus’ gift of salvation, God adopted you as His c...

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Session 4

What Changes When You Go Public?

The Big Idea: Saying Jesus is Lord of your life changes everything. Baptism is going public in saying that Jesus is Lord of your life....

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Session 5

Do You Need to be Baptized Again?

Big Idea: Doubts don’t have to keep you away from Jesus; they can drive you closer to Him. Am I really saved? Does God really want me...

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Session 6

After You’ve Been Baptized, What’s Next?

Big Idea: Following Jesus isn’t easy, but it is simple. Baptism is a public symbol of our decision to trust and follow Jesus. In a mom...

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Session 7

How Do You Figure Out What God Wants You to Do with Your Life?

The Big Idea: Reading the Bible won’t make you perfect, but it will help you make progress. Salvation and baptism are milestones in yo...

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