The Sacrament Of Baptism And Communion

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THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM AND COMMUNION The Sacrament of Baptism is a gift of grace that brings us into union with God, church, and the Christian community. God’s plan since the foundation of the of the earth was to enter into a covenant relationship with all inhabitants, in order to bless them. The New Testament Covenant is established through Jesus Christ and consist of baptism by water and the spirit. Mark 16:16, the one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned” (NIV). By being obedient to Christ, we become participants in this sacred act of Baptism. Gayle Carlton Felton wrote a book, By Water And The Spirit, and she shares about the tradition of Baptism in the United Methodist Church. John Wesley plays a major role in helping shape the doctrine of The United Methodist Church. “The United Methodist Church is diverse in the way it offers the Sacramental Baptism; “Candidates or their parents have the choice of sprinkling, pouring, or immersion, and pastors and congregations should be prepared to honor the requests for baptism in any of these modes” (Committee 1992, p. 81). It is important for individuals to understand the meaning of each mode. Immersion symbolizes the burial and resurrection with Christ, and being born of a new water and the spirit. Pouring or sprinkling water on the head signifies pouring out of the Holy Spirit. Pastors should be able to share each mode with the candidates. The United Methodist

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