Essay on The Central Features of Infant and Believers Baptism

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The Central Features of Infant and Believers Baptism Baptism is based on the baptism of Jesus. In Mark 1:9-11 we find out that Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. When he was baptised he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. In Jesus' baptism he was immersed in water. Water represents sin being washed away and a new life with God. Baptism represents an end to the person's old life of sin and a new beginning with God. In the early church, Baptism was reserved for adults. It wasn't until the third century that children were baptised. Today baptism is still based on Jesus' baptism and can occur when the person is an infant or adult. When babies are…show more content…
In the early church, people were baptised by immersion. They entered into a river or a pool and were submerged in its waters. Believer's baptism is when adults are baptised. The person who wants to be baptised explains why they want baptised and are asked questions about their beliefs. The baptised person is taking on the life of a Christian. Some churches, teach that baptism must be reserved for adults. You are normally baptised as an adult in the Baptist church, the Christian Brethren and the Pentecostal Church. During infant baptism present are: the baby, the parents, the priest, the godparents and the congregation. The celebrant will take the baby and welcome them into the church. He will ask the parents and godparents if they are prepared to bring up the child in the Christian faith. They agree, together with the congregation. The priest prays for the child and sprinkles blessed water over the child. The celebrant sometimes makes the sign of the cross using the water on the Childs forehead. A candle is used as a symbol of faith. In the Baptist Church the Believer's baptism service would begin with a call to worship, followed by a hymn, a prayer and a Bible reading. The person being baptised might make a short speech explaining how and why they have given their life to

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