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Baptism Class

Why baptism is a big deal?

1. Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17)

2. Jesus commanded us to baptize! (Matthew 28:18-20)

Baptism and the Book of Acts:

Jesus ascends to heaven, and the disciples start the church. In Acts, we see a pattern of gospel preaching, belief, and baptism.

- Peter’s preaching (Acts 2:38)

- Philip and the Eunuch (Acts 8:30-38)

- Paul and Silas in Philippi (Acts 16:29-34)

Common Misconceptions About Baptism

1. It’s necessary for salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Romans 1:16 and 10:9)

The thief on the cross wasn’t baptized! (Luke 23:43)

2. It’s just an outward marking of being dedicated to God. Therefore, it comes before

salvation. Christening like OT circumcision. (Romans 6:4-6).

3. Holy Spirit baptism and water baptism come after salvation. (Romans 8:9, Ephesians 1:13)

4. Believers can be rebaptized as a sign of rededication. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

5. Baptism is unnecessary (Matthew 28:18-20)

Connection Church Athens believes that the New Testament teaches believers baptism as an outward declaration of the inward regeneration of the Holy Spirit.

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