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Describe the process of Baptism

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Baptism The second sacrament accepted by most Christians is baptism. It is the rite of initiation by which people enter the Church. Christians define baptism as being the 'outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.' This means that when people are baptised they declare to the world that their sins are forgiven and they are living a new life. Christians believe that baptism is a demonstration of belonging to Jesus and identifying with him. Baptism is highly significant for Christians and is an extremely important part of their worship. It is significant for two main reasons. One of these is that Christians see baptism as an act of renewal. It marks an end to the person's former sinful life and a beginning to their new life with Christ. ...read more.


The service begins with the congregation singing a hymn of the candidate's choice. A prayer is then spoken and then the minister will deliver a sermon, which is normally addressed as an exhortation to the candidate. Another hymn is sung and the candidate is interviewed by the minister. The candidate gives a brief word of witness. Two senior church members then give a dialogue explaining the importance and meaning of baptism to the candidate. The candidate is then asked three questions on their faith. The first question is 'Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God and that He came into the world in human flesh to save us from sin and deliver us from the wrath to come?' ...read more.


The candidate is then fully immersed in the water by the minister and raised up again. The immersion in the water symbolises death. Going under the water shows that we have been 'buried with him through baptism into death.' Coming up out of the water symbolizes the resurrection, 'in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may lead a new life.' (Romans 6:4) The congregation then sings another hymn and takes part in prayer to end the ceremony. Dear Tom and Mandy, I can understand your dilemma about whether Peter should be baptised or not. I shall attempt to help you decide by outlining both sides of the argument for you. ...read more.

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