Baptism Class

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  • June 28, 2012

Seven Mile Road, we’re having a Baptism Class on Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm in our Community Room. If you’re planning to attend or if you can help with childcare for the night, please let us know.

What is baptism?
Baptism is a symbol that Jesus gave His followers which illustrates the glorious truths of the gospel. Believers are submerged in water, identifying with the death and burial of Christ. Then they are lifted up out of the water, identifying with the resurrection and new life that we have in Christ. In baptism, we embrace the truth that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose again and in Him we have died to our old way of life, our sins are washed away, and now we have new and eternal life.

Who can attend the class?
Anyone. If you’re interested in being baptized, or have questions about baptism, or just want to listen in and learn more, this class is for you and you are welcome to come.

Um…what if I was baptized as a baby?
I’d encourage you to join us for the class. It will give you an opportunity and a safe environment to ask questions that you’re thinking about when it comes to baptism.

Um…what if I was baptized but I’m not really sure if I was a believer at the time?
Same as above. Join us for the class.

When will Seven Mile Road be celebrating baptisms?
Sunday, July 22. We’ll have more information for you, but save the date since Baptism Sundays are some of our best Sundays of the year!

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About Ajay Thomas

Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road. He loves God, family, food, and football - in that order.

2 Comments

  • Karen Gerbi says:

    At Baptism do you get your sins forgiven and do you receive the Holy Spirit at that time. Acts 2:38 or does this scripture mean something I dont understand. Thank you!

    • Ajay says:

      Karen, that’s a great question. Acts 2:37-41 says,

      Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

      Here, sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit is received by those who

      1) have the Word of God presented to them – Peter preached to them about Jesus (Acts 2:14-36, 40),

      2) are cut to the heart by God’s Word – they were convicted about their sin (Acts 2:37)

      3) receive God’s Word and repent – they believed Peter’s message and turned from their sin to faith in Jesus (Acts 2:38, 41)

      4) were baptized – they were baptized as an expression of their faith in response to Peter’s message (Acts 2:41)

      Baptism by itself does not give us forgiveness of sin or the Holy Spirit (see for example the false conversion and baptism of Simon the Magician in Acts 8:9-25). We are forgiven and sealed with the Holy Spirit through repentance and faith in Jesus. And we see here, that when we hear the good news of Jesus preached, and are convicted of our sin, and receive God’s word by turning from our sin to faith in Jesus, and give expression to that faith as Jesus commanded through baptism, we will receive forgiveness of sin and the Holy Spirit.

      Karen, hope that helps.

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