The Promise of Baptism: An Introduction to Baptism in Scripture and the Reformed Tradition
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 - 223 páginas
Christians who otherwise love each other and work together on shared projects and causes nonetheless often disagree on the subject of baptism. Should infants be baptized, or is baptism for believers only? What exactly does baptism mean? What happens, if anything, when someone is baptized? Which is better -- sprinkling or immersion? These disagreements are disheartening to some and confusing to many.
The sacrament of baptism from a Reformed perspective is clearly and thoughtfully outlined in this useful book. James Brownson explains the scriptural basis, the theological underpinnings, and the practical implications of this particular element of the faith. Organized into thirty brief, tightly focused chapters -- each of which centers on a key question -- and enhanced by thoughtful discussion questions, The Promise of Baptism will be an important resource for pastors, students, and laypersons seeking to better understand this sacrament that lies at the heart of the church's life.
A sampling of key questions addressed:
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The Core Meanings of Baptism
What Is the Relationship of Baptism to Receiving
What Is the Relationship between Baptism
Which Is Better Sprinkling or Immersion?
Baptism Faith and Salvation
Can Someone Be Saved without Being Baptized?
Does Baptism Actually Bring About Any Change in
Does Baptism Take the Place of Circumcision as
Disputes and Questions
Does the Fact That Some People Baptized in Infancy
Does the Fact That Some Baptized Persons Abandon
Was Infant Baptism Practiced in the Early Centuries
Pastoral Decisions Surrounding Baptism
Who Decides If Someone Should Be Baptized
Can Grandparents Present Grandchildren for Baptism
Does Baptism Assure Us of Our Salvation?
The Case for Infant Baptism
Does God Have a New Covenant Saving Purpose
Can Infants Be Saved Despite Their Inability
Some Parents Are Not Persuaded by the Biblical Case
What Happens After Baptism?
A Select Annotated Bibliography on Baptism
Acts allegiance assurance of salvation baptized children baptized infants believer baptists Bible biblical blessing body of Christ book of Acts chapter child Christ’s death Christian Christian identity church membership circumcision of Christ cleansing confession covenant promise covenant purpose discipleship Discussion Ê divine early church experience explore express families focus follow Jesus Further Reflection Further Study gift God’s call God’s covenant God’s faithfulness God’s grace God’s promise God’s salvation gospel Half-Way Covenant Holy Spirit human identity infant baptism infant dedication Jesus Christ Kingdom lives Lord Lord’s Supper Luke Matt means nazirite Old Covenant one’s ordinance paedobaptists parents Paul person practice profession of faith question recognize Reflection and Discussion Reformed relationship repentance and faith response to God’s resurrection rite sacraments saved Scripture sense signified someone speaks Study Ê Sum Up Ê Testament theology tion tism tized trust union with Christ word