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  1. The Meaning of Baptism in the Life of Believers

    up in the following verse: Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This verse can be interpreted to mean that if you repent of your sins you can be baptised in the name of Jesus and you will be cleansed of them and accepted into Gods family by receipt of the Holy Spirit.

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  2. “Baptism should only be received when one is old enough to confirm one’s faith"

    . This way it properly symbolises this spiritual death, burial and resurrection to new life. Immersion declares the meaning of baptism clearly and appropriately. Baptists believe that Baptism shall be given to all those who have learned repentance and improvement of life. Who believe truly that their sins are taken away by Christ, to all those who walk in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and wish to be buried with Him in death, so that they may be resurrected with Him. To all those who with this significance request baptism and demand it for themselves.

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  3. Describe a Baptism Service with which you are familiar. Explain the order of service and the parts played by all who attend.

    The ceremony is a symbol of journey, parents move around the church symbolising the infants faith journey through life. The ceremony begins at the door, this represents the child entry into the church, the Priest then asks, "What do you want for this child?" the parents then reply "Baptism", this symbolises the parents taking responsibility. The child's name is then chosen, usually a saints name as the parents want the infant to reflect the Saints personal qualities, but this is not always the case.

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  4. How has the Church responded to the message ‘repent and be baptised?’

    Infant baptism is the baptism of small children, usually about 6-18 months. The baptism of infants is sometimes called a 'Christening'. The vicar who puts water on its head usually holds the infant. It is then given godparents (usually close friends of the parents) who promise to ensure the child is in a religious up bringing.

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  5. Explain the practical importance of baptism from a biblical perspective

    raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new live", this shows that by being Baptised you die from your old and sinful life and are reborn into a new sinless life (metanoia). This is symbolized in the Baptism when the person enters the water and goes underneath - dieing from their old life and then rising from the water into a new life.

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  6. “ I was baptised as an infant; therefore I am a Christian” – Do you agree?

    you stay a Christian at life. Roman Catholics are the only main denomination to believe this because of the "being born into a new life" theory. They believe that it doesn't matter if you don't believe in God, as long as you were baptised a part of God will always be inside of you, and with baptism we receive God's grace. They believe that even if you do not want to renew your faith with God, or go to church God will still inside of you and you will still have faith even if you do not wish to practice this.

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  7. One Sacrament and the Roman Catholic Attitude To This Sacrament - Confirmation

    The sacrament of confirmation is celebrated in a very special way. Allow each parish may differ slightly this is how the sacrament is received. First of all there is a preparation time in which the child gets ready to receive the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit: INSTRUCTION: which renews the Christian faith professed at Baptism, this is usually done at school. MEETING FOR PARENTS: this is to remind the parents of the importance of Confirmation and to have a renewal of their own Confirmation.

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