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Give a brief account of a service of baptism in a Baptist Church explaining the symbolism involved.

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Baptism Kirsty Kee Give a brief account of a service of baptism in a Baptist Church explaining the symbolism involved. The Baptist church only baptises believers and does not think that being baptised makes you a Christian. This is because Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Therefore you have to be a disciple before baptism. Children are not baptised, only mature teenagers and adults, who recognise Jesus as their saviour, and make a public declaration of their faith. The Baptist church believes that being baptised when you have faith was commanded by the Lord and should be followed. The service is normally part of an evening Sunday service. Before a baptism, the candidate attends Bible Classes for a month. Most Baptist churches have a baptistery in the church. You can be baptised in a river, sea or a swimming pool. The service begins with an opening hymn that the believer can chose. A prayer and a short sermon, often explaining the purpose of a baptism to the candidate, follow this. ...read more.


The final hymn is sung. The hymns can include, "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and, "In Christ Alone." Then the believers return and the service is closed in prayer. From Romans 6 : 3-4 we learn the main reasons for baptism, "Don't you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We are therefore buried with Christ through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Write a reply to the letter from Tom and Mandy showing that you understand the arguments for and against having Peter being baptised as a baby and offering your considered advice. Dear Tom and Mandy, Congratulations on the new baby! I am pleased to see that you are still active in the church and thank you for coming to me at such a time. As I am sure you have realised, there are many reasons why a baby should and shouldn't be baptised. Baptism marks the end of an old life and a new one with God. ...read more.


However, Paul says that membership with God does not require baptism, but faith and actions. It is a visual aid to declaring beliefs. Mark 10 v 13-16 says, "Some people brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch them, but his followers told them to stop. When Jesus saw this, he was upset and said to them, "Let the little children come to me. Don't stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like these children. I tell you the truth, you must accept the kingdom of God as if you were a little child, or you will never enter it." This may be his version of baptism. Then Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them." Remember you have plenty of time to decide when Peter should be baptised. It is not urgent. The decision is inevitably yours and ensure it is mutual because you both share the responsibility for Peter. I hope that this is some help and if you require any more information, I am always willing to meet with you if you have any more concerns. ...read more.

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