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Baptism in the Baptist Church

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Baptism in the Baptist Church Baptism is the "opportunity for a believer to draw nearer to God in Faith" and to show that they fully trust God to take a hold of their lives. We know that Baptism is important in Christianity because in the Bible it states "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38) Baptism and Holy communion in the Baptist Church is not called a sacrament, as they do not believe that God becomes present during these ceremonies. Instead they call them Ordinances, "this is something that Jesus ordained or appointed for his Church to strengthen Believers" (Pastor Clive Johnston) The Baptism I am going to talk about is Believers Baptism. This is the baptism of an individual, who has made their own decision to follow Christ, It is the public announcement of their love and commitment for God. ...read more.

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Before the individual is plunged beneath the surface the pastor will say " On profession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, I now baptize you in the name of the Father, and the son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen." This is also a key point to the service as it is showing their acceptance into Christ's family. After this we reach the climax of the service, when the believer is quickly plunged into the water, then quickly rises. While ascending from the water the congregation would sing a song of the Believers choice which means something to their life and journey with God. Explain the symbolism involved in this initiation ceremony Baptists believe that Baptism is necessary because Jesus commanded it "so go and make followers of all people in the world. baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of age". ...read more.

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Then when the child grows up, they can make their own decision about their beliefs. The Roman Catholic tradition compromises between these two beliefs as they practice infant baptistery but they also give the individual the chance to renew their vows, becoming a full member of the Church, but only if decided by them selves, this act is called confirmation. This is seen as a milestone in their relationship with Christ. There is no indication that this ceremony is used in the Bible but they believe the tradition of the laying on of the hands in the new testament church is the origin of confirmation. Before a believer is baptized they would celebrate Jesus death by Holy Communion; the bread symbolizes Christ's body and the wine, his blood. Baptism is the way in which they can show God how much his son dying on the cross means to them. After their Baptism the individual would see Holy Communion as a way of being with God more closely and would be more significant to them than before. ...read more.

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