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

    A prayer and a short sermon, often explaining the purpose of a baptism to the candidate, follow this. Another hymn is sung and then each candidate is interviewed. Then two church members explain the meaning and the importance of baptism. In Windsor Baptist church they can say, "We are not made Christians by baptism," and, "It is a constant reminder to us that we have embarked on a new life and have left the old behind us." Next, the candidate is asked three questions to which they answer, "I do." These include: "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?"

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  2. AQA Baptism Coursework

    Just like how Baptism was the start of a life closer to God for Jesus; it is the same for Christians today, especially the case of the Baptist Church, where it is a way of expressing their faith in Jesus, and also it is the beginning of a new way of life, where they will try and do all they can to follow God's word. While the Baptists view of baptism, like other churches is a life closer to God, there are aspects of the baptism that differ between the Christian Churches.

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  3. Religious Study and Ethincs on Seven Sacrements, Prayer and Self-development

    After baptized, we are all God's children. We are all brothers and sisters. Baptism is a path that reunites God and us, which reunite a Father and children. Before we baptised, the relationship between God and us is being blocked, but baptism will remove that obstacle and those who baptised will return to their Father's arms. After cleansing, the baptised people will have a new beginning, as their sins have been cleansed, they will be set right. They will become closer to God than before. I think this is the most important meaning of baptism, because it symbolizes that God have forgiven all the sins that the baptised have done, and an eternal relationship between God and them have been maintained.

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  4. A Study Of Baptism

    When the believer descends into the baptistery steps, into the water, it identifies with Christ's death. The candidate is the totally immersed under the water; they have 'died' to their formal sinful way of life. Christ also died and was buried and God raised Jesus to life on the third day- this is symbolised in the believer's baptism by them coming up out of the water. He or she now has a new life with Christ. The Baptism Service is for mature teenagers and adults who have already come to know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord~ the Baptism Service is a way of showing this publicly.

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  5. Explain how Mark's account of Jesus' baptism has influenced Christian belief and understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.

    I am pleased with you." Jesus' baptism marked a significant moment in his life. He showed he approved of John's Baptism, when he allowed John to baptize him in Jordan. However his baptism was unique, it had certain characteristics that had not been part of the ritual of cleansing. When Jesus was submerged in the water, the entire Trinity was presented and God's voice marked not only the approval of what Jesus was doing at that time but also of what it meant for his future, a new life of teaching God's love.

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  6. Explain the meaning and significance of Baptism for Christians today with particular references to how being baptised might affect the behaviour, lifestyle and decision making of Christian believers today

    Every Christian is called by God. Every Christian is given a vocation to use his/her life and talents as a member of God's family. Different people can fill their vocation in different ways. Some can chose to join a Religious Order, others may be called to be a priest, deacon, bishop or nun, and others may just be a good example of father, brother or any type of lay person. Christians who belong to the Baptist Church can chose to become a Ministers, preachers or lay people who live according to all commandments.

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  7. Beloved, a Christ Figure?

    Originating from the highly spiritual land of Africa, the black slaves of colonial American often turn to their faith during times of need and hardship. Being forced to suffer many horrible and cruel ordeals, the slaves accepted the Christian faith that was being presented them. Nevertheless the slaves knew that the Christian faith was of the white man; therefore, it was necessary for them to incorporate their cultural indigenous beliefs in it. Baby Suggs is the oldest in the Suggs family.

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  8. Central features of Baptism

    Water is used for cleansing too. Baptism brings inner cleanliness, cleansing the soul from sin. And finally, water also refreshes. Baptism refreshes the candidate by giving them joy and strength. They have begun a new and exciting journey with God. Infant baptism is the most common of the two. Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist and United Reform Churches practise infant baptism, each performing a liturgical service. The ceremony takes place around the font. This is a large basin or structure that holds blessed water and it is usually placed either at the door or near the front of the church.

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  9. Explain how the story of Jesus' Baptism in Mark's Gospel helps Christians to understand why baptism is important in the Church today. Select and explain the most important features of infant and believers baptism.

    Jesus' baptism was the starting point of his public life which involved preaching, teaching and working miracles. These are the defining qualities of Jesus of which we base our faith on, and all of which happen after his baptism. This makes Jesus' baptism, and baptism itself seem all the more meaningful and it is why, to this day, Christians hold baptism with high importance and respect, and get baptised. There are two main forms of baptism: Infant and Believers' baptism. Infant baptism is when babies are baptised, whereas Believers' baptism is when adults are baptised. Consequently, the two ceremonies differ slightly.

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  10. Baptism today

    It gives a person a clean start in life and cleanses them from original sin. This is very important in the modern day as sinning as become very common in the world. This helps people to change their ways and to follow a more Christian approach to life. Almost every Christian church in the world celebrates the sacrament of baptism. There are two different types baptism in the modern Christian Churches. The first and most common is infant baptism. Anglican, Methodist, Orthodox, Roman Catholic and the United Reformed Church all practice this method.

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  11. Christianity in rime of the Ancient Mariner

    Sure enough, the Albatross saves the sailors by breaking up the ice surrounding their ship and allowing them to float freely in the water. The bird saved the sailors as Jesus Christ saved mankind from a sinful destruction. Coleridge uses words of religious significance like "Christian soul" (65) and "God's name" (66) to describe the coming of the Albatross. These words invoke a sense of grandeur and power in the Albatross giving it a feeling of omnipotence. As the sailors are freed from their earthly bonds of ice, the Mariner, in lines 68-70 explains: And round and round it flew./The ice did split with a thunder-fit;/The helmsmen steer'd us through (68-70).

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

    At his baptism the Father and the Holy Spirit were present, meaning the trinity was present. After his baptism around the time of Pentecost Baptism had become to have a much deeper meaning as you had to promise to believe in Jesus as God's son, the true lord and in his resurrection. At Baptism they would receive the Holy Spirit and have their sins forgiven. They would also become part of the Christian community. As the faith became bigger and more people were getting baptised families started to get baptised and amount of young people increased and infant baptism became very popular.

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  13. Baptism in the Baptist Church

    Describe a baptismal service and the role played by all those attending. A baptismal service is usually performed in front of the church congregation and it would be common for the individual's relatives to attend. It is in front of these people because they are the witnesses of this giant leap of faith. In a Believers Baptism the individual is completely submerged in the water. The Baptism usually occurs during the Sunday service and at the start of the service a small bulletin would be given out. This would include a little background about those getting baptized during the service.

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  14. Explain the difference between believers Baptism and Infant baptism?

    It is derived from the practice of John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus, and probably from the Jewish tebilah (a ritual bath). Matthew 28:19 calls upon Christians to make disciples and to baptize them. In the early church, baptism was administered after a period of preparation (catechumenate), preferably at Easter. It was performed in conjunction with the rites later called confirmation and Eucharist. The effects of baptism were believed to be union with Jesus in his death and Resurrection, forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Holy Spirit, membership in the church, and rebirth to new life in Christ.

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  15. An Analysis of How Coppola Uses Editing, Sound and Camerawork to Create Suspense in the 'Baptism and Murder' Sequence In 'The Godfather'.

    Coppola uses editing, sound and camerawork to create suspense. He uses these scenes to show clearly to the audience how Michael's position in the family has risen in the family hierarchy, making him the new Godfather. To begin with, the scene opens with an establishing long shot of the inside of a Catholic Church. Here, Coppola has particularly enhanced the diegetic sound of the baby's piercing cries and the calm drone of the church organ. These two contrasting sounds cause an unsettling feeling, which to the audience can give the sense of suspense.

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  16. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism.

    We were reminded that reading and preaching the word of God would stimulate our faith. The readings and psalm stressed the importance of baptism as a prerequisite for life and eternal life. The gospel told of Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, about being born again to eternal life through water and the spirit. During the homily the priest spoke to us of the mystery of Baptism and encouraged us to accept the lifelong responsibilities which come with this sacrament. Prayers of the faithful followed this. These prayers were not only for the baby, but the parents and godparents also..

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  17. Describe and explain the central features of infant baptism.

    and Paul's jailer and his entire family (Acts 16:33)1 For this coursework I am going to discuss the changes in Rite over 2,000 years. There have been many changes in Baptism over the past 2,000 years. I am going to describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism today. I am going to take into consideration the following denominations: Orthodox Catholic Anglican Methodist and Baptist. There are five main symbols of Baptism in the central features. The most important of these is Water: Baptism involves ritual drowning/death and rebirth, ritual washing away of sin.

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  18. Believers Baptism is better Than Infant Baptism.

    It's because God always deals with parents and their children together. This is proved through such stories in the Old Testament as Solomon and Gomorrah (Gn.19). In this story it was the adults who committed the gross sin, but when God rained down a hail of fire, it was the whole family who was killed, not just the adults. It is similar with the story of Moses and the 10 plagues. (Ex.7-11) In connection to the dealing of parents and their children together, God does not just destroy adults and children if the adults have sinned, but he also blesses

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  19. Rites of Passage.

    The priest makes the sign of the cross on the child's forehead, nostrils, ears, eyelids, lips, hands, chest and feet. As he does this the priest says, "The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit". A small lock of hair is cut off to show that the child is committed to the Christian religion. This is the Confirmation. The child is also given a cross so that he/she can wear it for the rest of their life. The child is now considered to be a full member.

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  20. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism.

    Water symbolises new life, cleansing and death. The child's original sins are purged and washed away, while the new child shares its everlasting life with God. Baptismal water indicates death to the old life and share in the new. * Oil- oil is a sign of being set aside or chosen by God to perform a special task. Oil also heals and protects. The oil shows that the infant has been baptised. * Light- a candle is handed to the parents of the infant, this symbolises a challenge to carry the light of Christ into the 'dark world'.

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  21. The Baptism Service.

    Here is an outline of the baptismal ceremony at a Baptist church: Elder: " (Name) , do you admit that you are a sinner and in need of a saviour? Candidate: "I do." Elder: " (Name) , do you now promise with the power of the Holy Spirit to try to live as a follower of Jesus?" Candidate: "I do." Elder: " (Name) , who is your saviour?" Candidate: "Jesus is my Saviour." Elder: " (Name) , who is your Lord?" Candidate: "Jesus is Lord." Elder: " (Name) , I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

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  22. Baptism - an essay description

    But they also help the parents in the ordinary ways of daily life - by their special concern for their godchild, by their example, and by whatever assistance they can provide in raising the child. During the baptism , they declare their readiness to help the parents "in their duty as Christian mothers and fathers." The Priest claims the child for Christ by signing the child's forehead and he tells the parents and godparents to do the same. Everyone moves on to celebrate God's word.

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  23. Early Christianity is related to Judaism in many of its practices, traditions, rituals, and certain aspects of its theology.

    In the Jewish faith, baptism was a ritual performed by the Pharisees used with new converts (Hopfe 314). Eucharist, also known as the Lord's Supper or Communion, "has been used in the Christian tradition to refer to one of the central rites of the church, namely, the ongoing commemoration of the last supper that Christ had with his disciples before his crucifixion or the commemoration of the crucifixion itself" (Grenz 47). It is believed that the practice of communion has its roots in the Seder meal of Judaism, "in which the community recalls the divine history as they partake of

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  24. There are many different central features of infant and believers baptism.

    The person has to be old enough to be a believer. The person is lowered backwards into the water as the words of baptism are spoken. The person then is completely submerged during the service. This baptism is usually done in a specially built pool called a Baptisery. It usually is built into the ground and is covered when not in use. This type of baptism can sometimes happen in a River, Lake, Swimming Pool or the Sea to try and make it as much the same as Jesus' Baptism as possible.

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  25. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers' baptism.

    It is from the roots of 2,000 years ago that our rites of baptism in the Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Baptist churches today have developed. The focus of this essay is some of the more developed rites of baptism as celebrated today and the most important features and working down. Water There are two methods of baptizing in every church: immersion and pouring. Each is used three times on each person. This symbolizes the three days Jesus was in the dead. Immersion is les frequent but more faithful to Jesus' intention, because technically baptism means to plunge under water.

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