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Explain the meaning and significance of baptism for Christians today.

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Explain the meaning and significance of baptism for Christians today. The meaning and significance of baptism today is the same as it has always been since its conception. It is a sacrament of initiation. We are being welcomed into the community of Christ's Church. "Baptism makes us members of the body of Christ. Therefore we are members one of another.... Baptism incorporates us into the church". 'Catechism 1267' The sacrament of initiation is the begging or entry point to becoming a Christian. You cannot become a member of the Christian Church unless you are baptized. It is also a sign of belonging. "The Lord himself affirms that baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the gospel to all the nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of using for this sacrament. ...read more.

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The congregation welcomes the new member of the church, and we belong to the church for the first time. We are baptized because our parents want us to belong to the church. As we grow we learn more about what it means to belong to the church. When we are baptized it is a sign of being freed from all evil. And we become a child of God and receive new life and become ready to receive the other sacraments. As a member of God's family you have a duty. A duty to proclaim the faith, this has been handed down to you through the centuries by your fore bearers. And now you have to carry the tradition on. The holy spirit is given in baptism because people are baptized "In the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit". ...read more.

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Both from others towards you, and from you to others. It is only within the faith of the church that each of the faithful can believe. So it is our responsibility as Christians to make sure we do everything we can to follow the faith of the Christian Church. Live as God wants us to live and encourage and help others to become involved and follow Christian faith. Baptism is the entry into the Christian Church. We are reborn into the family of God, and it is the first of many sacraments we will receive inside the Christian Church. Baptism is said to break the state of separation between yourself and God. And once united with God, we are to have good commitment and responsibility for the Christian faith. And do our best to proclaim the faith and live like Christians and the way God wants us to. Baptism has been ordained onto us by Jesus Christ and his disciples, and should be practised in the Christian Church. ...read more.

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