Baptism

The Bible teaches us that the Lord Jesus instituted and commanded the Church to celebrate two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

"Covenant Baptism"

The term "covenant baptism" was chosen in order to indicate the basis or starting point from which this understanding of baptism proceeds. This view is based on Scripture and stresses that a sacrament is a sign and guarantee of God's covenant promises. Baptism is seen as a means of grace which God uses to pass into the life of a believer an assurance of the fact and outworking of his promises as revealed in the Bible. This means that Covenant baptism is God's witness to His children. He uses this as a witness to three great clusters of truth:

  1. Baptism is God's sign and seal of our inclusion in the Covenant of Grace
  2. It is God's witness to the fact that in Christ we receive the gifts of regeneration, power to repent and forgiveness.
  3. Baptism is God's seal of power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of His children.

The mode of Christian Baptism

You may well be aware of the great disputes that have taken place over the mode of baptism. Should we be sprinkled or immersed? Lots of water or little? This debate cuts across whether we believe in infant baptism or not. For now it is best to state that the Bible use of the words 'bapto' and 'baptizmo' indicate that it is possible to think either of immersion or of sprinkling. There are many arguments on both sides, but flowing from the Jewish baptisms for ceremonial cleansing (sprinkling or pouring of water) and certain practical considerations (how is it possible to immerse 3,000 people in one day with only 12 apostles?!) we belive that sprinkling is the best understanding of the mode of baptism.

This is by no means a comprehensive argument, merely one to introduce the discussion. To find out more about the Lord's Supper or Baptism, please contact our Pastor. His contact info is on the Contact Us page.

 

 

 


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