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Baptism in the Presbyterian Church.

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Baptism in the Presbyterian Church The word baptize means to dip into or to immerse, therefore baptism is immersion. This term has been used by Christians for many years to denote a ritual of sprinkling some water on new believers. However, this word has a much deeper meaning and significance. The Service may begin with a hymn, or a verse from the Psalms, which can be either said or sung. The Pastor will then say "Let us pray" and then say a prayer After this follows a reading from the first chapter of the Gospel according to St. John beginning at the 29th verse. Once this has been said the Pastor will follow with a short address. The Pastor may ask the candidate to kneel before the water. ...read more.


I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." The Pastor will then make the sign of the cross with water on the persons head and say a blessing. At this point the Pastor may ask the candidate to sit down. A Hymn will then be sung. Following this the Pastor will make a benediction, prayer and blessing. Baptism is intended to be a highly visible act of commitment; immersion is highly visible. It is dramatic and public. Immersion also more adequately expresses the meaning of baptism than doe's effusion. What happens at conversion involves the full cleansing of sins. It involves a resolute and total leaving behind of the old life and a beginning of the new. ...read more.


When a person is being raised from the water they are testifying, "I am now a new creation in Christ Jesus raised in newness of life to God and righteousness." In baptism, the believer testifies to that which Christ has done, and we declare our identity with Him in crucifixion and resurrection. We bear witness to the fact that His righteousness becomes ours "through the faith of the operation of God." Baptism is an outward sign of an inward reality, or a symbol of that which has already taken place in the life of the believer. A person becomes a Christian by putting their trust in Christ. In baptism, the person puts their trust in Christ and adopts his way of life, telling the world that they have become a follower of Christ. Baptist churches have adult "believer's baptism". The person has to make their own decision to commit their life to God. ...read more.

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