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  1. The significance of baptism in the modern world

    To this day Baptism is administered in accordance to our Lord's commandment stated at the beginning of this chapter. Throughout history Baptism has evolved and grown in to many different forms, but the practice and the message of Baptism remains the same; whether the Baptised person is an Infant or an Adult. Christ was baptised as an adult but many believe that this is merely a sign of a beginning and so chose to baptise infants for the beginning of their time in the church.

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  2. An Infant Baptismal service

    Baptism is a sign of God's love and special relationship with the church in the New Testament". Two of the baby's relative's normally read appropriate scripture lessons. These will remind us of the covenant that God made with his people in the Old Testament, when he spoke to Abraham. The New Testament readings will make a link between the initial covenant, and the one through Jesus in the New Testament. It is into the New Covenant that a baby is being baptised. The faith of the parents and of the congregation is important, as the faith is seen to have been passed down from generation to generation throughout the church.

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  3. Infant Versus Believers Baptism

    In many of the churches infant baptism is common and to immerse infants into water totally would be impractical. Many argue that because the baptizo means to plunge that this is the necessary procedure for the baptism. Also they think that because Jesus was baptised as an adult that all should be baptised as adults and have adapted the bible to suit them saying that Jesus only wanted adults baptised.

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  4. 'The similarities between Infant and Adult Baptism outweigh the differences'.

    Infant Baptism takes place at the Font, (which is in an eastwardly direction- symbolising resurrection). Adult Baptism takes place in a pool. The difference in shape and size also means that the form in which the baptismal water is used is different. At the Font either the baby's body (not head) is submerged into the water or the water is poured over the baby's head. However in adult baptism the candidate is totally immersed beneath the water. This signifies that the candidate dies to their old, sinful life and is buried with Jesus. The significance of having the water poured over the baby is that the baby has been resurrected to share a new life with Jesus.

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

    The role of godparents is to help their godchild lead a Christian life. The Priest then moves on to celebrate God's word. A reading from the Bible is told, usually describing the baptism of Jesus. After a short Sermon in which the priest explains the reading, the prayers of the Faithful or Bidding prayers are recited followed by the Litany of saints, where all those present ask the saints to help the child: "St. Anthony pray for us.... etc." The priest now recites the Prayer of exorcism asking for the child to be rescued from the slavery of sin and pass into the freedom of God, he then anoints the child on the chest with oil of Catechumens.

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  6. The Christian rites Of Passage

    Infant baptism candidates can also be adults who have not been baptised as a child as most churches look at baptism is an initial welcoming to the church, in the Church of England this is usually done at a young age to christen the baptismal name, at a young age the child is unable to speak far themselves so the parents and godparents are asked to do this. The parents and godparents are then asked to speak on behalf of the child by saying they will reject the temptation of the devil and turn to Christ far support and guidance.

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  7. 'The family is the most important aspect of the life of a believer.' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to the teachings of the Christian Faith.

    It is endorsed in both the Old and New Testaments by God and is shown as being very important. I believe that a family is certainly the greatest thing that I possess and that I would be lost if I did not have a fairly solid family unit. The family is a key centre of Christianity, the two ideas go hand in hand together and both should always be honoured. Two of the 10 commandments relate to family life and how to honour various members of a family unit, i.e. "Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in this land that I am giving you."

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  8. Baptism is one of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. A sacrament is a special event during a persons Church life, which helps them strengthen their faith.

    This is a small font, which is filled with water, at the time of a baptism. The baptismal font is where the baby is baptised. The priest asks the parents and godparents of the child to answer a few questions and then he welcomes and names the child. He then says: "I claim you for Christ our saviour by the sign of his cross". The sign of the cross, which is then traced on the child's forehead, is symbolic of how the child now belongs to God. The cross is also a sign of the saving power of the crucifixion of Jesus.

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  9. Personally I would disagree with this statement as I was baptised as a baby and I believe Infant baptism is of great significance and importance but I can understand why some would agree with this statement.

    help, love, support and forgiveness, respect for life etc. An example of help is shown when a member of the community dies. Everyone helps to wake and bury the dead person. Being baptised as a child allows the child to have a personal relationship with Christ from a very young age. Through baptism, all original sin will be removed from the baby, When the baby is anointed, he/she receives the strength to fight temptation. Another reason for baptising a baby is that the baby will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which will help the child to make decisions throughout his/her life.

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  10. Although many groups argue over the mode and the age of baptism, all traditions agree that baptism is very important. Being baptised is important in many different ways. Baptism is very significant

    The gift also helps us to make other important decisions such as: deciding a career, what to do with the rest of your life, whether or you want children and even buying a house. The Holy Spirit along with Jesus and the Father form the Trinity, three and yet one. They are all one God. So, in receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are receiving God in our lives everyday, which is very important to Christians today. As well as receiving the Gift of the Holy Spirit, there are many other important and significant reasons for being baptised, which still apply today.

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  11. Christian parents want their newborn baby to be baptised to be a member of the Christian family.

    Believer's baptism is for those able to show a personal commitment to Christ. Some Christians do not accept infant baptism for example Baptists, Pentecostals, Evangelicals and the Brethren. Those old enough can be baptised, however some of these churches have infant dedication instead of infant baptism. Certain signs and symbols help to represent things during baptism, water is used to represent washing away of sin. Infant baptism is original sin, sin that all people are born with as ancestors of Adam and Eve.

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  12. Describe and Explain the central features of infant and believers Baptism

    A voice then said, "You are my own dear son, I am pleased with you". Jesus' baptism was important because: 1. It illustrates the beginning of his ministry therefore a turning point in his life. 2. It revealed Jesus as the Son of God. 3. It marked the end of his old life and the talking on off a new role. 4. It showed his decision to do Gods work and his dedication to God. Today baptism is still based on the baptism of Jesus and can occur when the person is an infant or an adult.

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  13. Baptism is a ceremony by which a person is made a member of the church.

    Those baptized must repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their saviour and Lord. When a child is baptized, others make the promises and statements of belief for them. Infant baptism takes place in many Christian denominations, among them are; Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and United Reform Church. Infants are baptized so they may be God's children, members of his family and church. They are also baptized to cleanse them from there original sin. Original sin is something you are born with, not what you have done. Because the child being baptized is unable to make the promises, the parents and grandparents make them instead.

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  14. The arguments for and Against Infant Baptism

    Overall the meaning of the actual baptism has faded for most parents and is widely thought of as a social gathering. The annual church report of 1991 states that Infant Baptism is: - "The one and complete Sacrament of Christian initiation." This means that Infant baptism is the best way to become a member of the Christian Church. So their views are simple. One of the most important points is that dating back to around 200 AD Hippolytus mentions infant baptism as wildly practised, so Infant Baptism has a very long history within in the Christian Church.

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  15. Baptism in the Christian church

    Then the godparents have to vow to help bring up the child into Christian beliefs. The baby is taken to the font with water in. As the water is poured over the forehead the priest says: 'I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit.' After this the baby is again anointed with the oil called chrism. This is to bless the child to god. A white garment is then placed around the baby.

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  16. 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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  17. Baptism is the process whereby someone enters the Christian Church.

    Water is used because it is symbolic of a process of spiritual cleansing. A stone font filled with water is normally used,and the parents and godparents are present as the priest sprinkles water over the baby's head. 1) Baptism is celebrated in many different ways in many different denominations of chrisitianity. In the roman catholic church there is infant baptism, the child is a few weeks, to a few years old. In the roman catholic church baptism is the first sacrement they recieve, it is used to remove that persons original sin, which has been there since adam and eve,

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  18. Religion Coursework: Christian Initiation

    Only after doing this was he able to join and be considered a member of the 'Xhosa' tribe. The rite of initiation I have chosen to do is baptism. Roman Catholics celebrate this rite of initiation by usually baptizing the child when they are an infant. Parents are accompanied by chosen Godparents at the ceremony where together, they agree and promise to provide the child with a Christian upbringing. The priest will usually pour 'blessed water' over the child's head which signals that the 'original sin' in which that child was born with, has been washed away. The priest continues by saying, ''(child's name)...I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

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  19. Believers Baptism

    (They would be able to make their own mind up about whether to put their faith in Jesus). The candidate would probably have had preparation lessons for baptism to ensure he or she understands the symbolism, the spiritual journey that is commencing and to accept certain Christian beliefs. The type of things the believer must believe is that, he is a sinner and is separated from God by this sin. He has to believe that the death of Jesus can take away that sin for a believer (his sin that he committed)

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  20. Christians all have the same basic beliefs - there is one God and they all believe in Jesus and his teachings

    The Ecumenical Movement is the movement towards unity among Christian churches. The first ecumenical councils of the church were held at Nicaea in 325, the people that attended were representatives from churches throughout the known world. In the 19th century, the term ecumenical came to stand for to the Roman Catholic Churchs'concern for Christian unity and for a rebirth of the church. Until the 20th century, only occasional efforts were made to reunite a Christendom shattered through the centuries by divisions' particularity the great schism in 1054 when the eastern and western churches split due to a difference of culture.

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  21. Describe and Explain the Central Features of Infant and Believers Baptism.

    The service now moves up to the front of the church. The Book is the next part of the service. There is a short reading from the bible and its usually about baptism example Jesus being baptised. Next there are prayers of the faithful. In these the child, parents and God parents are prayed for that they will bring the child up in a Christian way. The word of God is quite an important part of the ceremony because it is from this the child will be nourished spiritually. After this he exorcises the child.

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  22. Explain the meaning and significance of baptism for Christians today.

    This is all because of their kindness and good nature given to them by the grace of God through their baptism. During Baptism the child's baptismal promises are made for them by their parents but this also gives the congregation the chance to renew theirs, giving them the chance to profess their faith and reject Satan. The child also receives the gift of the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Spirit they receive many gifts such as courage, Right judgement and knowledge, among others. All these gifts can be used in difficult life situations e.g.

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  23. 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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  24. Baptism in Christianity; Sacraments

    A prayer is then said for the baby and then the parents and Godparents say they reject satin and then water is poured over the babies head three times. The child is once more anointed with oil and then dressed in white and a candle is lit from the paschal candle and given to the parents. During an Orthodox ceremony the child is totally immersed in water. After the baptismal ceremony the child is then confirmed and oil is placed on the babies head, eyes, lips, ears, chest, hands and feet.

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  25. Describe what Baptism is

    The Celebration of the Sacrament. The Welcome. The family and the child assemble at the back of the church - this represents being 'outside' the church. The priest welcomes them in and asks them what they want of the church, to which they reply 'Baptism'. Godparents are asked if they agree to help and the priest, parents and godparents make a sign of the cross on the child's forehead. The Celebration of God's word. During this part of the ceremony, a reading from the New Testament is read, a short sermon delivered and then prayers are said.

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