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A Study Of Baptism

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GCSE COURSEWORK - BAPTISM The Baptist Church believes that no one should be baptised until they are old enough to accept Christianity for themselves and understand fully all that it entails. For this reason Baptism is seen by Baptists as an ordinance rather than a sacrament and a ceremony only for the believer- "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." They also see it as a ceremony with profound symbolism. It is a very symbolic occasion as it signifies the end of the old life and the start of a new life as a Christian believer. It also identifies with Christ's death, burial and resurrection; as seen in Romans 6: 3-4. "Don't you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we to may life a new life." ...read more.

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2. "Do you, in the presence of God and of this company of people, make profession of repentance towards God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and do you affirm that you are trusting only in Christ and His death for your salvation?" 3. "Do you understand that God commands you to live for Him in accordance with the profession of faith you now make; and that it is God's will that you maintain communion with Him by prayer, Bible study and fellowship with other believers in church life?" The candidates then answer 'I do' to each question. After the interviews, each person is asked in turn to enter the water- two church members, normally two office-bearers, perform the act of baptism. One of them says... "On profession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ I now baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Each candidate in turn is immersed-burial- and then raised up again-resurrection. ...read more.

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So by baptising him into the Methodist Church, you are giving him the chance to decide, as when he has grown into a young person, he gets asked to 'confirm' publicly whether he believes in Christ. I personally, feel child Baptism is very good thing for children. It lets them feel part of a Christian community from a very young age, and offers them somewhere else to feel safe apart from their home. It also lets them make a choice at the time when they are old enough, on whether they continue their life through a Christian upbringing. But of course everyone has their own feelings on this, and some people feel you are making too big a decision for the children, and they don't really know what is going on, as they are too young. But I don't feel baptising your child is a good thing to do- and keep the grandparents happy- have a wee party after it, celebrate the life of your beautiful son. Hope this helps you somehow, Gary Word Total: 825 (no quotes) Word Total: 1063 (with quotes) 1 ...read more.

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