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An introduction to the issue of baptism

It is not designed to interact with the teaching of others on baptism. If you would like to be considered for baptism after reading this article, please speak with Pastor Don or email him at don truthcommunitychurch. All Christians should be baptized after they repent of their sins and believe in Christ for salvation. Scripture teaches that Christ commanded baptism for His repentant disciples Matthew 28: We baptize in response to His command, as did the early church Acts 2: The scriptural examples of baptism are consistent with immersion, not sprinkling or pouring.

It is a critical step of obedience in which the Christian publicly identifies with Christ and associates with the local body of believers, regardless of any personal cost his confession may entail. Baptism is important, but it does not obtain salvation for us.

The Anglican Doctrine of Baptism

No outward act can save us from our sins. We must be saved in order to be baptized, not baptized in order to be saved. Baptism is a joyful and reverent time.

We rejoice because we love to see Christ honored by the obedience of His disciples. Our baptism services will usually take place on a Sunday evening.

  • That is, they understood what it meant, in harmony with the Articles, and did not imagine that it was an affirmation of the Roman Catholic doctrine of regeneration ex opere operato;
  • It is a critical step of obedience in which the Christian publicly identifies with Christ and associates with the local body of believers, regardless of any personal cost his confession may entail;
  • Though it may be true that the Anabaptist challenge of the sixteenth century made Reformed theologians work harder at grounding the doctrine biblically and systematically, covenant theology including its application to infant baptism does of course have both a patristic and medieval pedigree;
  • We rejoice because we love to see Christ honored by the obedience of His disciples;
  • Regeneration is birth into the visible Church; conversion is birth into the Church invisible;;;
  • We preach the gospel to children and encourage their every expression of faith.

We will enjoy a time of singing before the actual baptisms. Following the service, the audience will greet those baptized and encourage them for their obedience to Christ. It is not the practice of Truth Community to baptize young children.

We realize that differs from the customs of some, so we want to explain our reasoning here. We love children and affirm salvation is available to every child who comes to Christ. Christ saves many at a young age. We rejoice in that manifestation of His mercy.

We preach the gospel to children and encourage their every expression of faith. Yet we are mindful of other biblical truth as well.

Introduction

Scripture repeatedly warns against the dangers of false assurance and self-deception e. Children are not exempt from those dangers. They are vulnerable to sincere but misguided spiritual impulses that do not necessarily express saving faith—while lacking the development to examine themselves to see whether they are truly in the faith cf. We protect them from their innate vulnerability by refusing to hurry them to baptism at their first interest in Christ.

  • Yet we are mindful of other biblical truth as well;
  • Part 2 - Spirit Baptism;
  • It was refreshing to see openness from the reformed position to subsequent empowering and infillings and perhaps all the charismas;
  • His handling of the cessationist argument from 1 Cor 13 was well done.

We prefer to be alongside parents, teaching children over time, and allowing them room to manifest the sustained fruit of true repentance. If a child persists in the desire for baptism in that environment, the proper timing will become evident to everyone concerned. This position serves Christian parents as they raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord Ephesians 6: A truly converted child will not lose the desire to be baptized.

An Introduction to Baptism

By contrast, a child who loses interest in baptism and obedience to the Lord was simply never truly converted. In such cases, time proves the child never should have been baptized at all.

These things are not to be rushed. Genuine conversion and lifelong discipleship to Christ are infinitely more important than early baptism. Thus, we believe there is wisdom in the general practice of postponing baptism until the early to mid-teen years, at the earliest.

Our Preparation for Baptism We want your baptism to be meaningful to you and for you to pursue it with excellence unto the Lord. Preparation starts with the article that you are now reading.

The Thirty-nine Articles

We want you to understand our approach to baptism before you proceed and are available for any questions you may have. If you still wish to be baptized, we ask you to prepare a written testimony with three sections: Our pastor will gladly review your testimony with you before scheduling you for baptism. We will let you know what to wear for the baptism when we schedule the date. Immediately prior to the service, our pastor will explain the actual immersion so you know what to expect.

Your joy in giving your testimony before other believers will be a lasting highlight of your Christian walk. God bless you as you seek to be faithful to Christ in this important step of obedience. Click Here to download the Baptism Application.