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The Ethical Implications Of The Teaching Design

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Once the curricular content is established, I, as the pastor, will offer direct instruction with the intentions of the learner fully comprehending the implications of the sacrament of baptism in their own ministry, including the ethical ramifications of bearing witness to God’s continuing salvation through baptism. The ultimate purpose of the teaching design is for the learners to become the teachers.
Most RCA congregants are paedobaptized and grow up understanding the priority of baptism. An RCA pastor should establish the historic Reformed understanding of God’s covenant. According to Genesis 17:7, “I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” God made a covenant with Abraham which extended corporately to all of Israel. Israel was expected to follow God, love others, keep the Law, and proselytize Gentiles to maintain covenantal status. Although God promised not to break God’s covenant, there were still expectations for Israel and when Israel did not meet these expectations, God punished the nation. Additionally, God’s covenantal call was intended to start with Israel, but branch out to the rest of the world. Jesus comes as the second Adam to fulfill this expectation and includes both Gentile and Jew into the covenant. All are now one in Christ according to Galatians 3:27-28. How does baptism play into this covenant? Brownson
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