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What We Believe

Baptism

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Sacrament
*We believe that God has given us sacred acts,which we call Sacraments.  There are many sacred acts of God, but these are unique in their nature and blessings.
*We believe that Baptism and the Sacrament of the Altar (Holy Communion) are the two acts of God that are set apart under the distinction of Sacraments.
*We believe these to be Sacraments because 1) they were instituted by God 2) they join God’s Word of promise to visible elements and 3) they offer and grant the forgiveness Jesus accomplished for us.
*We believe the Sacraments are gifts from God in which He touches us with God’s grace.
*We reject the belief and practice that these two acts are simple acts of obedience to a command of God, and not blessings of God’s grace.
*We reject the notion that other sacred acts of God, such as marriage, absolution and so forth are Sacraments because they do not meet the above criteria.
*We reject any attempt at idolizing the elements in a way that in any way blurs the clear promise of God given through them.

What questions do you have about the concept of Sacraments?

The Nature of Baptism
*We believe that Jesus instituted Baptism to be a blessing to God’s people.
*We believe that the adding of God’s Word of promise makes the water of Baptism the blessing it is.
*We believe the meaning of the Greek term for baptism to mean “wash,” and that Jesus gave us Baptism to wash away our sins.
*We believe in baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus told us to do (Matthew 28:18-20).
*We believe in baptizing people of all ages, since they are included in “all nations” and since they are sinners in need the blessings of Baptism.  This includes infants.
*We support the practice of baptismal sponsors for children to encourage them in their faith.
*We reject the belief that Baptism in simply a command of God to be obeyed, without blessings of grace.
*We reject the belief that the water is holy apart from the Word of God and promise attached to Baptism.
*We reject any demand for a certain type of washing to bestow Baptism. The washing from sin by God takes place as a result of His grace, not a particular type of physical washing.
*We reject Baptism that is not in the name of and connected with the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
*We reject the teaching that children should not be baptized.

What questions do you have about the nature of Baptism?

The Blessings of Baptism
*We believe that the Holy Spirit is present and active in Baptism (John 3:5-8; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Titus 3:4-7).
*We believe that the Holy Spirit grants the forgiveness of sins in Baptism (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16).
*We believe the Spirit baptizes us into Christ’s death and resurrection, freeing us from death and the devil, and making us new creation (Romans 6:3-11; Galatians 3:25-29; Ephesians 5:25-27)
*We believe the Spirit gives the blessings of eternal salvation through Baptism (Mark 16:16; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 3:18-22).
*We believe that a person can be saved apart from Baptism, but all Christians will desire these blessings for themselves and their loved ones.
*We reject the belief that Baptism is a simple act of obedience, without blessings.
*We reject the belief that Baptism is not baptism of the Holy Spirit, thus something else is needed.

What questions do you have about the blessings of Baptism?

The Power of Baptism
*We believe that the power of Baptism is in the Word of promise God gives.  Without the Word of promise, it is simple water.  With the promise it is the “washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.”
*We believe that the Holy Spirit works faith in us through Baptism and that faith clings to the promises of Christ, and is the means by which the Spirit creates good works in us.
*We reject any teaching that robs Baptism of its promises or blessings.
*We reject any teaching that ascribes coming to faith as human action or work.

What questions do you have about the power of Baptism?

What Baptism Indicates
*We believe that Baptism benefits us daily as we remember the covenant God made with us at our Baptism.
*We believe that the Old Adam (our sinful nature) must be dealt with daily through sorrow for sins and repentance, trusting in the promises God made with us at our Baptism and renews in us each day by faith.
*We believe that the Holy Spirit renews us in faith as God’s new creation, and that the person God made us at Baptism arises by faith to do those works the Spirit works in us.
*We believe that the Old Adam and the new creation are at war in us daily, and God’s grace to us in Baptism is our reminder of the victory Jesus won for us and gave us in the blessings of Baptism.
*We reject any teaching that denies the existence of our sinful nature.
*We reject any teaching that denies that we are the new creation in Christ.

What questions do you have about what Baptism indicates?

What questions do you have about our practice of Baptism?

Assignment
Read Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 5&6
Read Catechism Questions 13-85
Read Our Worship Lesson 5

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