WHEN: February 16th
BAPTISM CLASSES began on January 19th and will continue to February 2nd with a makeup class on February 9th
Here is a SNEAK PEAK at some of what you will get at the Baptism Class:
The English word baptism is transliterated from the Greek baptizō. It is a word that originally applied to dyeing laundry. As the Greek language evolved, however, it took on a new, religious meaning. Baptizing was a means of renewing or establishing a relationship with God through being plunged or dipped in water. The concept of baptism held a great significance for John the Baptist and Jesus. As a result, it became one of the foundational rites that marked a new believer as a true Christian. Let’s examine what the Bible teaches about baptism and discover why it is considered so important!
Read Luke 3:1-22. (See also Matthew 3:1-17; Mark 1:1-15; John 1:6-34)
What is the significance of John’s baptism?
Why did Jesus consider it important to be baptized by John?
One of Mark’s primary purposes for writing his Gospel was to delineate the marks of a disciple. Both Matthew and Luke place the account of the baptism of Jesus in their third chapters respectively. Look up Mark 1. Why do you think Mark places the baptism at the introduction of his narrative?
What does this teach you about the importance of baptism in the early church? Do you think it is still as important? Why or why not?
Jesus & the Disciples Baptize
Read John 3:21-23. Why does this make baptism important?
Jesus Commands the Disciples to Baptize
Read Matthew 28:18-20.
What command does Jesus give the Apostles in these verses?
Why does the timing of this command show how important baptism is?
Do you think there is a relationship between making disciples and baptizing from Jesus’ command? Why or why not?
Jesus’ Disciples Baptize
Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:13, Acts 8:16, Acts 8:26-39, Acts 9:17-19, Acts 10:46-48, Acts 16:14-16, Acts 16:32-34, Acts 18:7-9, Acts 19:4-6