What’s Your Name?

A Baptism Bible Study

Glen Dawursk, Jr. – www.yuthguy.com

 

Leader’s Narration and Instructions:

 

Show a new name tag with your name on it to the group.

 

Everyone here has a name tag because everyone here has a name.  Your parents gave it to you when you were born.  How many of you have a middle name?  How many of you were named after a relative or holiday?  Have you ever wanted to change your name?  Why?

 

In the Old Testament, God did change some names.

 

Gen. 17:5 -      Whose name was changed?  Why?

·       (Abram to Abraham; because it symbolized the covenant or promise between God and Abraham)

 

Gen. 17:15 -   Whose name was changed this time?  Why?

·       (Sarai to Sarah; because it symbolized the covenant or promise between God and Sarah)

 

Just as God called Abraham, He also has called us.  He desires to be in partnership with us also.  He desires to make a covenant with us.

 

John 10:3 -     Who is the Shepherd?  Who are the sheep?

 

But does God really know everyone?  Isn’t that impossible?

 

Psalm 147:4 - He even knows every star by name.

 

Isaiah 40:26 - And not one star is missed!  Surely He knows our names.

 

Show my name tag all crumbled, dirty and ripped.

 

This name tag has some serious problems.  What’s wrong with it? 

Can a name ever become “bad”?  Do some names have bad reputations?  Why?

 

That is how our name looks to God.  He expects this (Clean Name Tag) but all we can do is the (Dirty Name Tag).  Our reputation simply stinks and we deserve nothing from God. 

 

Our alias before God are: Sinner, Condemned, Traitor (Judas), Children of the Devil.  Yet, He still wants us and still calls us by our names.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 -    What does he expect from us?  He wants us to humble ourselves and pray. 
He wants us to ask for His forgiveness.  And, as always, God has the plan.

 


 Joel 2:32 -     Call upon whom?  What will He do?

·       (God. Deliver us.)

 

Acts 2:1 -        Call upon whom?  What will He do?

·       (God. Deliver us.)

 

Matt. 1:21 -     Why the name Jesus?

·       (He will save his people from their sins)

 

 But what is God’s plan? Look up Acts 22:16

·       (God’s plan is forgiveness of sins or making our name tag clean before God through baptism.  Through baptism, He wants us to become the heirs to His kingdom.  Because of Jesus, we now carry His “family” name.)

 

Look up Galatians 3:27 and Titus 3:5-7.

 

Show a new name tag with my name with

the word “Jesus” superimposed over it in red.

 

Act 4:7-12 -     By what power or what name do we receive a new name?

·       (Jesus)

 

Because of Jesus, we receive a new name at baptism.  We receive “Jesus” as our name before God and our alias are Forgiven, Clean, Saved, Beloved and Children of God.

 

Rev. 3:12 -      What does Jesus say will be written on us?

·       (A new name). 

 

What is the new name?

·       (Jesus, Saved, Children of God)

 

At confirmation, we acknowledge our baptism by publicly re-confirming our baptismal name change.  It was at our baptism that we received the gift of eternal life as an inheritance that comes with our new family name.  We became a “Child of God.”

 

But it doesn’t end here.

 

Many people forget their promise to God at confirmation.  They forget about Christ’s sacrifice to get us a “clean” name before God.  But God doesn’t forget.

 

Gen 17:9 -      God expects us to keep what?

 

·       (Our part of the covenant). 

 

With our new name, what is our new part of the covenant?

 

·       (To follow Jesus and to follow His teachings) 

 

What if we don’t?  Look up Daniel 12:1

 

·       (Our name won’t be written in the book)

 

What is the book?

·       (The Book of Life – the list of all true believers and followers of Christ) 

 

What happens if our name is not in the book? Look up Rev. 20:15.

 

·       (We will perish in hell  for eternity)

 

Tell story about Alexander the Great: 

“Change your name or change your ways!”

 

 

Story:

 

Alexander the Great had taken over the entire known world and he was in his favorite room basking in his greatness when suddenly armed guards opened the chamber doors and dragged in another solder.  The soldier laid on the ground at the feet of Alexander the Great.  One of the guards, a centurion approached Alexander and said, “Alexander, sir, this man does not deserve to be in your army.  He has been a disgrace to all soldiers by his conduct, lack of teamwork and insubordination to authority. He has not lived up to the standards of a soldier in your army.  He has been disloyal and has brought shame to his unit.   He should be dishonorably discharged and punished immediately.  For a moment there was quiet in the room as Alexander pondered what to do.  He eventually looked down at the man and said, “Soldier, what is your name?” The soldier leaned his head back, looked up at Alexander and said, “Alexander, sir.”  Alexander the Great look sternly at the man and quickly retorted, “Soldier, you either change your name or change your ways.” 

 

 

We are called Christians.  Martin Luther said we were “little Christ’s.”  We can not say we are Christians and then not act as Jesus would have us to act.  In the same way Jesus says to us, “Either we change our name or change our ways.”

 

At baptism and confirmation we take on the name of Jesus.  As heirs to the God’s kingdom, we are representatives for God here on earth.  He expects us to live as examples and to keep our part of the new covenant we have with God through Christ.  Seem too tough?  Just remember, that at baptism, we also receive the full power of the family name.

 

Philippians 2:5-11 -   Whose name is exalted?

 

·       (We all are)

 

Because of our namesake, we now have special privileges.  We can go to God whenever we want.

 

Proverbs 18:10 - What does God do for us?

 

·       (He protects us.  He helps us stand up against the powers of sin and He does not crumble.  He gives us His strength.)

 

Wow!  Not only does God give us a new name tag at baptism, He also helps us keep it clean.

 

Praise the Lord!  “Shout with joy to God, all the earth! 
Sing the glory of His name; make his praise glorious!”  Psalm 66:1, 2


 

What’s Your Name?

A Baptism Bible Study

Glen Dawursk, Jr. – www.yuthguy.com

 

Student Worksheet

 

Small Group Activity #1

 

  1. Color your name tag using colors which represent your personality. 
    Be able to tell why you used the colors you did.

 

  1. Add a symbol(s) which represents something important in your life. 
    Be able to explain your symbolism.

 

  1. Who were you named after? In your groups share how you got your name?

 

 

 

Bible Study

 

 

 

OT Name Changes

 

Gen 17:5               ___________’s name was changed because _____________

 

Gen 17:15                         __________’s name was also changed because __________

 

 

 

 

God Wants Us?

 

John 10:3                         Who is the shepherd? ________________

 

                                     Who are the sheep? _______________________

 

 

 

 

 

But Does God Know Our Name? Really? Everyone?

 

Psalm 147:4        He knows every ____________ by name.

 

Isaiah 40:26        And not one is ___________.  He surely knows our names as well!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Our Name Anyway?

 

Can a name ever become “bad”?    YES      NO      I don’t know

 

How does our name look to God? _________________________

 

Our alias’ are: __________, __________, __________, ____________, _______________

 

 

 

The Name Game


Can we change our names by ourselves?       YES        NO         I don't know

 

2 Chronicles 7, 14       God expects us to ___________ ourselves and _____________.

 

 

 

The Game Plan


Joel 2:32 OR Acts 2:21        Call upon who? _________ He will ___________ us!

 

 

 

God's Game Plan


Acts 22:16     Galatians 3:27     Titus 3:507

Through Jesus, we now can carry His _________ name and share His ____________________. 

Acts 4:7-12          By whose power do we receive a new name? ________________

Our new alias' are: ___________, _________________, ____________,

                          

                                                   ____________, _________________, ___________.

 

 

 

But It Doesn't End Here …


Gen. 17:9              God expects us to keep our part of the ____________________.

                                    What is our part? ________________________________________

Daniel 12:1          What if we don't?  Our name won't be in the _________________________


Rev. 20:15            Then what happens?  We will ________________.

 

 

 

So… A Name Change Requires a Life Change Too!

 

Story:

 

Alexander the Great had taken over the entire known world and he was in his favorite room basking in his greatness when suddenly armed guards opened the chamber doors and dragged in another solder.  The soldier laid on the ground at the feet of Alexander the Great.  One of the guards, a centurion approached Alexander and said, “Alexander, sir, this man does not deserve to be in your army.  He has been a disgrace to all soldiers by his conduct, lack of teamwork and insubordination to authority. He has not lived up to the standards of a soldier in your army.  He has been disloyal and has brought shame to his unit.   He should be dishonorably discharged and punished immediately.  For a moment there was quiet in the room as Alexander pondered what to do.  He eventually looked down at the man and said, “Soldier, what is your name?” The soldier leaned his head back, looked up at Alexander and said, “Alexander, sir.”  Alexander the Great look sternly at the man and quickly retorted, “Soldier, you either change your name or change your ways.” 

 

Like the soldier, what do we need to do?

 

You either ________   your   ________ OR ___________ your _________.

 

 

 


And God Gives Us the Power to Do That, Too!

Philippians 2:5-11       Because of Jesus, who is actually exalted?  ____________________

 

Proverbs 18:10             We now have special privileges.

 

 

 


Not only does God give us a new nametag
at baptism, He also helps us to keep it clean.