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

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Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism (400-600 words) Baptism is based on the baptism of Jesus. In Mark 1:9-11 we find out that Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. When he was baptised he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. In Jesus' baptism he was immersed in water. Water represents sin being washed away and a new life with God. Baptism represents an end to the person's old life of sin and a new beginning with God. In the early church, Baptism was reserved for adults. ...read more.

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In the early church, people were baptised by immersion. They entered into a river or a pool and were submerged in its waters. Believer's baptism is when adults are baptised. The person who wants to be baptised explains why they want baptised and are asked questions about their beliefs. The baptised person is taking on the life of a Christian. Some churches, teach that baptism must be reserved for adults. You are normally baptised as an adult in the Baptist church, the Christian Brethren and the Pentecostal Church. During infant baptism present are: the baby, the parents, the priest, the godparents and the congregation. ...read more.

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A prayer follows which asks for God's blessing on the person being baptised. The candidate is asked questions about their beliefs. The candidate is taken into the water, (usually a large pool called a baptistery), and completely immersed in the water. In infant baptism water is normally only sprinkled over their head. He/she says aloud 'Jesus is Lord'. Then there is the 'laying on of hands' on the person's head. This doesn't happen in infant baptism. The candidate is welcomed into the church as a full member. The service concludes with a celebration of the Lord's Supper. In believers and infant baptism water is used. Water is a symbol of being cleansed of sin and new life. The sign of the cross is used in both; it is a sign that we now belong to Jesus. Total - 597 words ...read more.

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