Baptist Initiation Ritual

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Baptist communities use initiation rituals to a very high extent to express their beliefs. This is evident, for three main reasons. Firstly, that all the beliefs of the community can be found in the initiation rituals. Secondly, the practice of many other denominations is that children are baptised; this is not done in the Baptist community, though, although when baptism does occur, it is done as a full immersion rather than sprinkling which resembles the baptisms in other Christian Communities. Finally, there are divergences across each Baptist Community that allow each church is to be self-governed and independent of other churches.

The first main reason that is evident for Baptists is that all their beliefs are found in their initiation
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Therefore, it is easier for Baptists to hold full immersion for baptism over the regularly known process of sprinkling water. The symbolism of water being used it that water is seen as pure and having the water in a baptism symbolises purity of a new life and the death of the old life. Children are not baptised as they will not fully understand their beliefs and connections with Jesus. Adults are baptised by full immersion only after they had proclaimed their faith to the church and to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. The ritual provides opportunities for the adult adherent to understand and express their beliefs and commitment to the religion and to Jesus Christ. The term ‘baptism’ means ‘a burial’ and this is believed to be a personal resurrection. The person is lowered to symbolise their death, they are under the water to symbolise the burial and then they are risen to symbolise the resurrection. In the New Testament, the new scripture states that baptisms should be done only by full immersion. This is said by Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT. “Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of a person’s faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In accordance with New Testament Scripture, it should be administered only by total immersion, which symbolises the believer’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection, the remission of sins and the believer’s dedication of himself to God to live and walk in newness of life.” (ACT, 2016) While this being said, it is an individuals’ responsibility for them to have their own understanding of the Bible and only then can they receive salvation through faith alone, one of the 5 Solas’, though it does prove that the Baptist Community do use initiation rituals to a very high extent of the
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