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Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers' baptism

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GCSE Baptism

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A.M.D.G. Bethan McIlroy

Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers' baptism

Introduction

Baptism is celebrated as a sacrament or a 'mystery' throughout the Christian community all across the world. Within the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches all-together, there are seven sacraments including the baptism which is one of the sacraments of initiation the other sacraments are; marriage, Holy Communion, Holy orders, holy unction (anointing of the sick with oil), conformation and confession. A sacrament is an outward, physical sign of an inward, spiritual blessing; also, a service which communicates this blessing to worshippers.

By taking part in baptism, you become a member of the church you are being welcomed into. As Saint, Paul wrote to the early Christians:

By our Baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death; in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father so also we might live a new life.

(Romans 6:4)

You can celebrate baptism either as an adult or a child. Many Christians want there babies baptised as young infants yet many Christians believe that because Jesus was baptised

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