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  1. Baptism for todays Christians

    In this statement God acknowledges Jesus as His unique Son, and the object of His love. His approval of Jesus is the assurance that Jesus will fulfil his mission of salvation. The baptism of Jesus is the moment His Father in heaven confirms Him as the Messiah. In baptism God is accepting us as unique, and also the object of his love. In baptism God also approves of us, and makes us members of the Body of Christ and in doing this He wishes us to continue Jesus' mission of salvation in our everyday lives by passing on the faith.

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

    The celebration of the word of God includes a number of readings that stress the importance of this sacrament. One of the following readings may be read out to highlight the significance and meaning of this sacrament. 1. The Baptism of Jesus 2. Jesus' Conversation with Nicodemus 3. Paul's letter to the Romans. After the readings the 'prayers of the faithful' are said. These prayers will be for the child, the parents and godparents. There should be a prayer; for the new life given in baptism and asking the saints after whom the child is called to pray for the child.

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  3. The Meaning and Significance of Baptism

    Jesus expressed his thoughts on baptism, saying "go, then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples, baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Peter also reinforced this telling people to turn away from their sins and be baptised. Most Christian denominations believe in the importance of baptism, with exception of Quakers and the Salvation Army who do not believe in its significance. Infant baptism cleanses us of original sin. We are all born with original sin due to Adam and Eve.

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

    Infant Baptism Infant baptism celebrated by many different religious within the Christian community including the Methodist Church, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, United Reformed and the Church of England. Baptism in these churches is very similar and contains similar main points in the ceremony but I am going to describe the main points in a Roman Catholic Baptism. There is a formal welcoming and an invitation to let the child become a member of the church at the door. The priest asks if the godparents are willing to help and have the responsibility of bringing the child up into the church along with the parents then the child is welcomed into the Christian family.

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  5. "Discuss the rite of Baptism. How might its meaning be explicated in a secular society?"

    In receiving it, we receive upon our persons the seal of his covenant promise. Moreover, one source which demonstrates the meaning of the rite of baptism is the sixth chapter of Romans. After having presented a lengthy discussion that it is by faith in Christ that people are redeemed, Paul admonished the Roman Christians to live as though they were indeed redeemed. Paul cited their baptism as a picture of their union with Christ. He wrote: "Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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  6. Infant Baptism in the Catholic Church.

    through exorcism. The priest then anoints the child with the oil of catechumens on the chest. The oil of catechumens is a sign of strength against temptation, sin and evil. The Baptismal promises now take place. The water is blessed and the priest asks the parents and godparents to renew their faith, this includes the rejection of all sin. Water is a sign of new life in the family of God and death to sin. The child now is baptised by pouring water over the forehead three times whilst the words, "I baptise you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," are said by the priest.

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  7. What Are Rites of Passage?

    It also reflects Jesus, the head of the church, as, before he began to spread his message, he was baptised in a body of water, by John the Baptist: - "Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, in order to be baptised by him. But the latter tried to prevent him, saying: 'I am the one needing to be baptised by you, and are you coming to me?' In reply Jesus said to him: 'Let it be, this time, for in that way it is suitable for us to carry out all that is righteous' then he quit preventing him.

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

    To this the priest replies 'God has received you by baptism into his church.' In an Anglican service, the congregation will now say 'We welcome you into the Lord's family. We are members together of the body of Christ; we are children of the same heavenly Father; we are inheritors together of the Kingdom of God. We welcome you.' Other churches will also have some way of greeting the newly baptised baby. The parents are now expected to ring up the child in the Christian faith, and if the child later wants to accept the Christian faith later on, it can be confirmed to extend its faith.

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  9. A sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace.

    We go to get confirmed as a Christian later on in life so we can continue to follow God. Having faith in god is another thing being a Catholic is all about. Catholics have faith in God and sometimes put this faith into action by working for justice and peace. Some Catholics decide to stand up for something or preach to spread the Good News. When they do this they have faith that God is with them and is giving them the strength to do what they are doing. Baptism is a sign of God's love. When we are baptised we are invited to join His family. It is our parents' faith and love that brings us to baptism.

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

    This is because the child is too young to understand what is happening. The godparents also help with the child's spiritual and religious upbringing. During baptism, anointing oils are used. Oil was traditionally a sign of strength and royalty as Kings were anointed. Therefore the baptised is being strengthened for good against evil and is being marked out as a special person to God. In the Old Testament, oil was used when alters were being blessed and not only were Kings anointed, it was also used for anointing priests and prophets as well as dead bodies.

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  11. Infant practises - How are they celebrated by different parts of Christianity?

    Prayers are then offered for the baby and the family, and the family can either select some prayers or write some themselves. Then it is asked that the saints in heaven also pray for the baby so that all will bless it. To prepare for the actual baptism the priest first anoints the baby with the Oil of Baptism as a sign of Christ's strengthening power and the priest asks that the baby be delivered from all evil. Then the water is blessed and the minister asks you to renew the vows made at your own Baptism and reminding you of your duty to bring up your child as a good Christian.

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  12. Infant Baptism.

    (a catechumen is someone who is preparing to be baptised.) The oil is a sign of strength and healing. Then the water is blessed and as the child cannot declare faith for himself the parents and godparents renounce sin and profess their faith, the priest asks: 'Do you reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises?' Parents and godparents answer ='I do' 'Do you believe in God the father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?' 'I do' 'Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our lord who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died and was buried, rose from the dead, and is no seated at the right hand of the father?'

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  13. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers’ baptism

    'Turn away from your sins and be baptised and God will forgive your sins' he told the people. Many people of Jerusalem and Judaea went to hear what John the Baptist had to say. The people confessed their sins and he baptised them in the River Jordan. A sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace ordained by Jesus Christ. A sacrament is a way that we can see God working in the world. Each sacrament has two sides an outward - visible side and an inward - invisible side. The outward side can be seen by all those present, while the inward side is spiritual and underlines the true significance of the event.

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