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Believers Baptism

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Believers Baptism Believers Baptism is when a non-liturgical candidate accepts Jesus as his/her saviour and witnesses this to his/her local Church Congregation and then receives the spiritual benefits of Believers Baptism. This type of baptismal service is strictly for adults, or teenagers but nobody under the age of eleven or twelve. In a type of Free Church (where believers baptism takes place) babies may be dedicated but never baptised. In this dedication the child is blessed and people give thanks for his or her birth. The reason for this in the Free Churches was that infants were not able to understand the symbolism of Christianity whereas adults realised the spiritual journey they were about to go on and were able to agree with certain Christian beliefs and accept Jesus as their saviour. The candidate would probably have had preparation lessons for baptism to ensure he or she understands the symbolism, the spiritual journey that is commencing and to accept certain Christian beliefs. ...read more.


If able to, the candidate will give a testimony and talks about the need for his sins to be forgiven - story of how he reached the point of crisis in life to come to Believers Baptism. If the candidate is not able to give a testimony, he/she is lead down in the Baptistery pool/tank and he/she will answer three questions while standing in the pool. The three questions tend to differ however follow in the lines of: "Do you repent your sins", in which the candidate answers: "yes". "Do you take Jesus as your saviour", "yes". "Do you promise to serve him faithfully", "yes". When some women are being immersed, they choose to wear long, white robes as a sign of purity and sometimes when the candidate is brought up from the water the candidate might shout out a confession of faith, such as; "Jesus is Lord!", in which the congregation would reply; "hallelujah". Succeeding the answers, the person leading the service would then say something along the lines of; "I gladly baptise you in the name of the Father, Son and of the Holy Spirit." ...read more.


* After the candidate has left the pool, dried off, come back to the congregation and kneeled to the leader of the service and the ritual takes place called; "the laying on of hands". This is where the transmition of the Holy Sprit by the leader of the service placing his hand on the candidate's head. More than one candidate and Elder may be present (e.g.-there could be six Elders and six candidates - so the laying on of hands can be performed to several people at the same time). The Holy Spirit is seven fold. If a Church believes that the Holy Spirit is given when asking Jesus to be his/her saviour, the Church obviously would not believe that the Holy Spirit is given after immersion or with the laying of hands and visa-versa for the other beliefs of times when the Holy Spirit is given during a Baptismal service. The candidate is now a born again Christian. Laith Sheena 10B ...read more.

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