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We consider it an honor and a privilege to help you identify and take your next step here at Waters Church. In fact, we believe there’s a Next Step for every follower of Jesus, no matter if you’re a new believer or if you’ve been doing this for years. Either way, we’re thrilled you’re here!

Class Resources

The Importance of Baptism

I.  What is baptism?

Baptism is the   of our  in Christ.

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Baptism is to be .

Mark 10:38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”

When Jesus died he was overwhelmed with death, so we could be    overwhelmed with life.

Baptism is to be by God.

Acts 2:38-41 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. 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.” And with many other words, he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

When you are baptized into Christ, you become His, spiritually and mentally.  

You say ‘I belong now’.  You are His.

Baptism is to be the old way of .

Romans 6:2-3 How can we who died to sin still live in it?  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory o the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

II. Why should I be baptized?

You should be baptized to   the example set by Christ.

Mark 1:19 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.

You should be baptized because Christ it.

Mark 28:19-20 ‘Jesus said, Go then, to all the people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, son and the Holy Spirit…’

You should be baptized because it I really am a .

1 John 2:3-6 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked

We are baptized to follow His example, because Jesus commands it. Being baptized does not make you a believer, you were a believer when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of you salvation and believed in him.

Acts 18:8 ”…many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.

III. Why Be Baptized by Immersion?

Jesus was Baptised by full .

Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him,[a] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him

Every Baptism in The Bible was by .

Acts 8:38-39 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

It best symbolizes a , and .

Romans 6:5-11 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The greek definition of Baptism, “Baptizo" means: .

IV. Who should be baptized?

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Acts 18:8 …many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.

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WHO WE ARE

Waters church is built to , and into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

We are here for those that are . Matthew 28:19-20

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The core beliefs of Waters Church are:

  1. Salvation through Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
  2. The Bible is the Inspired of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV), 2 Peter 1:20-21 (ESV)
  3. The Trinity     1 John 5:7-8 (ESV), 2 Cor 13:14 (NLT), John 14:26 (ESV)
  4. The Command of and The Matthew 28:19 (ESV), Matthew 19:32-33 (ESV)

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

These core beliefs are the driving force behind three simple yet fundamental elements to our weekend experience:

= How we talk to God. Matthew 6:9-13 ( ESV)
= How we glorify  God   Psalm 150 (ESV)
= How we know God. 2 Peter 1:20, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

HOW WE CONNECT AND GROW

1. Baptism

Baptism is a personal Galatians 3:27-29 (ESV)
Baptism is an opportunity for Acts 8:35-38 (ESV)
Baptism uses your for God’s Matthew 28:19 (ESV)
Baptism is The of our new identity in Christ!  Acts 2:41 9 (ESV)

2. Life Groups

We are Life Groups. Genesis 2:18 (ESV)
We are   Life Groups.  Acts 2:44 (ESV)
We are in Life Groups. Ephesians 4:15-16 (ESV)
  happens in Life Groups!

3. Serving

Why we serve: because Matthew 20:26-28 ( ESV)
Who we serve: . 1 Peter 4:8-11 (ESV)
When we serve: . Matthew 26:39-44 (ESV)

4. Reading

Reading The Bible us. Psalm 119:11 (ESV)
Reading The Bible us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
Reading The Bible us. Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
A great way to study The Bible is with .

5. Giving

Tithing is an that reflects an . Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)
The value of the tithe is not determined by the , but by the by which it is given. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (ESV)
Generosity is not a , it is an from God to show that our trust is truly in Him. Luke 6:38 ( ESV) 1 John 3:17 (ESV)

Tip: If you don’t think you can afford to tithe consider taking  .

Next steps: Get Baptized, Join a Life Group, Start Serving.  Go to Starting Point, Financial Peace University.

Ways to serve: Waters Kids, Ignite Kids, Activate Youth, & Elevate Youth Ministries; Cafe, Guest Services, Info Central, Production Team, Parking Team, Security, and more!

 Ways to give: Right here on waterschurch.guide (scroll all the way to the bottom to the "Give" section). The giving kiosk at your campus (if provided).

MOBILE GIVING

Text the gift amount to your campus's giving number.

(For example, $25 to 508-809-4384)

508-809-4384 North Attleboro 
401-356-3040 Woonsocket Campus

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LIFE GROUPS

WHAT IS A LIFE GROUP?

A Life Group is a like-minded group of people who meet once a week outside of the Weekend Experience of Waters Church.

We believe active participation in a Life Group is critical for your spiritual health as a part of the local church. These groups help create the community we seek in life’s journey. We believe that discipleship happens in relationships, and those relationships are formed in Life Groups.

I WANT TO SERVE

God has a place for you where your unique abilities and passions can impact the lives of others. We believe your life will never make sense until you find, develop and fulfill that purpose. Our Serve Teams span over 20 different teams that serve at Waters. We want to help you discover your purpose and the right team for you.

WHAT'S HAPPENING
Announcements

🎙 Tim Hatch Live on The Deep End- Life with more meaning & less freaking out
Will all the craziness wash out? Why does Elon Musk’s fight for Twitter matter? Does the news media want to control what you think? In more crazy news, women are getting other women pregnant in jail. And did you hear what’s been happening to transgender inmates once they are released? Plus, worship on an airplane: should it happen?A woman gets pregnant in jail by another woman, Christian guy singing on a plane, mask mandate ended.  Join us Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm for our new season or watch past episodes anytime for the latest in Christian lifestyle and news.  👍  & ✅  to never miss an episode [You can listen too! Find us on Rumble, Soundcloud, Edifi, & Apple Podcasts].

📖 Deep Dive Bible Study –In your own time
The Church is the beneficiary of all that God has done and promised to and for Israel. We’ve got to focus our eyes on what God has been doing through the nation of Israel historically in the last 150 years. It is it is powerful. It is potent and it reminds us that God’s Covenants are sure. God is not done! Deep Dive Bible Study | Romans 11: 17-36 Explained/Meaning – Grafted in by Grace. Join us Wednesday nights at 7:30pm –or later anytime– as we spend the next year studying this, perhaps the most important, book in the Bible! ROMANS on timhatchlive.com/live – available on your favorite podcast app too!

❓ 10 Questions with Tim❓
What’s on your mind? Are you struggling with an issue or saw something on the news that concerns you as a Christian? Pastor Tim is excited to chat with you live and help you find theologically based answers to your questions on “Ten Questions with Tim!” . 👉 Send in your questions to Pastor Tim at ask@timhatchlive.com. Next noon-time chat: May 5th!! (But don’t worry if you can’t join us then–you can watch later anytime 😊) Check out last livestream where we discussed 10 Questions with Tim | Pets Go to Heaven? Suicide and the Bible? Why Jesus Portrayed as White? and more!

Move! by Tim Hatch
Sometimes the door doesn’t open until we walk up to it. That’s it. That’s the secret. The door is closed because it’s normal to be closed when not in use. We serve the God who opens the doors no man can keep shut (Revelation 3:8). Let’s MOVE! Find out how with Move! Entering into God’s Promises for You Available in Print, Kindle, & Audible

Apollo Beach Location

Connect Class – May 15th!
Aren’t plugged in yet? This class is for you! This is a quick and informative experience designed to get you instantly connected, serving, or in a Life Group here at Waters Church. Meet us after service in our Classroom! Click here for more information!

Baptism Class – May 22nd!
The Baptism process at Waters Church has been designed to be both simple and meaningful. On the day of your baptism class, you will learn about the significance of Baptism as well as have the opportunity to record your testimony on video. This class is designed to teach you the process of baptism, why we believe it in, and answer all other questions you may have. Click here for more information!

Team Night – May 24th!
If you are not currently serving, you HAVE to come! it’s time for you to get involved and start growing in your faith by serving others. If you are already part of a team, you also have to come because we will have the training, food, and fellowship time. We can’t wait to see you!

North Attleboro Location

Blood Drive – May 15th!
In conjunction with the RI Blood Center, Waters Church will be hosting a Community Blood Drive on Sunday, May 15th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Waters Church Office Lobby.Important FIRST Make your Appointment to Give Here | Sponsor Code: 3948.

Connect Class – May 15th!
Aren’t plugged in yet? This class is for you! This is a quick and informative experience designed to get you instantly connected, serving, or in a Life Group here at Waters Church. Meet us after service in our Classroom! Click here for more information!

Encounter – May 20th!
Are you a young adult aged 19-35 looking to get together with others your age for some fun, food, and connection? No pressure–No work!! Then join us for our Encounter Young Adult Meet-Up! Encounter is a night of food, games, and fellowship for all our young adults from all locations! This is a great chance to get connected, make friends and have fun. This all New England event is hosted at our North Attleboro location from 6-8 PM!

Poets in Autumn – May 21st!
Exciting News! Poets in Autumn is coming to Waters Church North Attleboro on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Poets in Autumn showcases the best up-and-coming Christian Spoken Word Poets in the Country who engage culture using spoken word poetry that addresses the difficult and narrow spaces of the Christian faith. Including artists: Ezekiel, Jasmine Sims, Jazer Willis & More….Tickets are on sale NOW!  Ticket link: https://www.kingdompromotions.net/new-events/bostonnextup22

Team Night – May 24th!
If you are not currently serving, you HAVE to come! it’s time for you to get involved and start growing in your faith by serving others. If you are already part of a team, you also have to come because we will have the training, food, and fellowship time. We can’t wait to see you!

Norwood Location

Waters iGroups
Waters Interest Groups are back at the Norwood Campus! What’s your interest? We have tons of special activities for teens, adults, and families, which meet throughout the month.  Visit waterschurch.org/events for more information.

The Vibe Cafe
Spend time in the Vibe during the week, Monday – Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get out of the house, this is it!

Woonsocket Location

Connect Class – May 15th!
Aren’t plugged in yet? This class is for you! This is a quick and informative experience designed to get you instantly connected, serving, or in a Life Group here at Waters Church. Meet us after service in our Classroom! Click here for more information!

Encounter – May 20th!
Are you a young adult aged 19-35 looking to get together with others your age for some fun, food, and connection? No pressure–No work!! Then join us for our Encounter Young Adult Meet-Up! Encounter is a night of food, games, and fellowship for all our young adults from all locations! This is a great chance to get connected, make friends and have fun. This all New England event is hosted at our North Attleboro location from 6-8 PM!

Poets in Autumn – May 21st!
Exciting News! Poets in Autumn is coming to Waters Church North Attleboro on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Poets in Autumn showcases the best up-and-coming Christian Spoken Word Poets in the Country who engage culture using spoken word poetry that addresses the difficult and narrow spaces of the Christian faith. Including artists: Ezekiel, Jasmine Sims, Jazer Willis & More….Tickets are on sale NOW!  Ticket link: https://www.kingdompromotions.net/new-events/bostonnextup22

Team Night – May 24th!
If you are not currently serving, you HAVE to come! it’s time for you to get involved and start growing in your faith by serving others. If you are already part of a team, you also have to come because we will have the training, food, and fellowship time. We can’t wait to see you!

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