• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain the Meaning and Significance of Baptism for Christians Today

Extracts from this document...


Explain the Meaning and Significance of Baptism for Christians Today There are different types of baptism and different churches carry out the procedure in different ways. The Orthodox and Catholic Church baptise as infants, whereas the Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal Church baptise as adults. Most Christian traditions encourage baptism. It is seen and thought of as a way of entering God's family and joining the Christian faith. It is also seen as important because when water is poured over a babies head or an adult is immersed, it is showing that their sins are being washed away and people are baptised into the death of Jesus - meaning that a Christian shares in death and resurrection of Jesus by dying to sin and rising to new life as a Christian. Baptism is an outer sign of inner change. ...read more.


When Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan it was the start of his vocation, from the day he was baptised he started to spread the word of God. There are several reasons for baptism, many of which come from the Bible. Quotes such as Mark 1:4 'John appeared in the desert baptising and preaching. "Turn away from your sins and be baptised," he told the people "and God will forgive your sins." are what convincing people into getting baptised. From the forgiveness of sins people are given a second chance in life. This then gives an opportunity to start from scratch and follow what God asks of them. Another reason for baptism is to receive everlasting / eternal life. Through forgiveness of sins, we are granted a place in Heaven and will forever remain with God in his Kingdom. ...read more.


The reason that this would encourage baptism to Christians today is because just as Jesus was a messenger we can follow in his footsteps once more and also be messengers. Some people choose to get baptised around the time of Easter. The reason for this is because it is the start of a new church year so it is like beginning the year again with a new life. Finally, the meaning and significance of baptism for Christians today would be that it unites a Christian with other worshippers. This allows the individual to be part of a community. This community is not only special because people with the same beliefs get to talk to each other and discuss interests but it is a community that has gone on for hundreds of years with dedication to God, and through getting baptised that person can also be part of history that will hopefully remain forever. ?? ?? ?? ?? G.C.S.E RE Coursework - Question 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Baptism section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Baptism essays

  1. The meaning and significance of baptism for Christians today.

    The benefits of baptism cannot be understood by infants, they are unaware of eternal life with Jesus Christ. The infant is too young to be aware of the meaning of the ceremony and as a result they may not take baptism as seriously when they are older and decide to reject it.

  2. What do we mean when we talk about the Japanese lifetime employment system?

    Therefore they can be set a good example. They can grow up learning about right and wrong. They can also develop and appreciate their gifts of the Holy Spirit. They can go to church every week and learn about the faith through readings from the Bible.

  1. Baptism in Christianity; Sacraments

    In some Christian denominations it symbolises the washing away of original sin. Original sin is the idea that we all have a flaw that lies within us that makes us able to sin and through baptism the holy spirit enters the person and strengthens them to resist this.

  2. AQA Baptism Coursework

    However, I am sure that in most cases in everyday life, like if someone asks for a donation to charity, a Catholic and a Baptist would do they same thing, and donate on a mixture of their faith, (which tells them to help others) and their compassion for other humans.

  1. Baptism for todays Christians

    When an adult is baptised the person undertakes all the promises of commitment to God and pledges himself to the Christian faith. The Baptism would begin with a call to worship. Prayers follow including a prayer which gives thanks to God for christ death and resurection and which ask God for a blessing on the person.

  2. Explain the meaning and significance of Baptism for Christians today with particular references to ...

    After pouring water onto the candidate's head, he/she is dressed with the white garment. In the daily life the white colour is associated with the clouds, sheep, snow, frost, Pure, clean, peace, surrender etc. In the baptism it symbolises the Jesus' clothes during the Transfiguration.

  1. Explain the meaning and significance of Baptism for Christians today with particular references to ...

    The role of godparents is to support parents in bringing a child up in the faith. Priest accepts their promise and welcomes entire party on behalf of the Christian Community. The next step in the baptism is the reading at the lectern.

  2. Baptism today

    The priest then welcomes them into the house of god and asks them the name that they have chosen for the child. 2. He then asks the parents what they want from the church. They then reply 'baptism.' 3. The Godparents then recite the baptismal promises on behalf of the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work