Baptism Research Paper Revised

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Dr. Frost Religion 2403 17 April 2013 Infant Baptism Being “born again” is not a new term. In fact, it is almost two thousand years old. In the ancient city of Jerusalem, Jesus turned to one of the best-known intellectuals of his time and said, “I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (Page 8). In those words Jesus told us of both the necessity and the possibility of a new birth-of spiritual transformation. (Page 8) As Christians here on earth, this is one of the most important decisions we will make in our lifetimes. The concept of rebirth is simply stated in John 1:11-13: He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God . According to Peter Toon, there is a relationship between new birth, entry into the kingdom of God, and eternal life. (Page 29) There is also a connection between being born of water and of the Spirit, which in church history, has been interpreted as the connection between baptism and regeneration.(Page 29) There is the connection between believing in Jesus and being born of the Spirit. (Page 29) There are several differences between Baptists and other Protestants in the world, but the most important one is baptism. According to Norman H. Maring, the idea of a believer’s baptism is the restriction of baptism to persons who make a personal profession of faith. (Page 9) By making a personal profession of faith, churches restrict membership and try to maintain regenerate churches.(Page 10) Baptists also believe that New Testament baptism signifies faith and repentance, and therefore it is to be administered only to those who are old enough to make
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responsible decisions.(Page 19) With that being said, Baptists have normally practiced believers’ baptism rather than infant baptism. (Page 156) When a person is being baptized, he or she should be aware of taking a conscious commitment upon themselves. Although this is what most people believe, the baptism of infants has been an accepted practice among Christians as well as other denominations, so that today the great majority of Christians have been baptized. (Page 156) Therefore Baptist have had to face the question as to whether they will give a limited approval to infant baptism. (Page 156) Some have taken a position that it may be defended on theological grounds as an unsatisfactory but valid form of baptism. (Page 156) During an infant baptism, the parents and congregation publicly express their acceptance of the child and their responsibility to offer every help and encouragement to their children, seeking to lead them to become committed Christians in years to come. (Page 156) I understand the value in these ceremonies, as the impress upon home and church alike in the importance of cooperation in providing a Christian nurture. (Page 156) This connection between home and church is necessary for the child’s spiritual development.
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