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:
  • What is a sacrament, and how does it differ from an "ordinance"?
  • What's the relationship between baptism and being "born again"?
  • How do the sacraments bring God's grace to us?
  • Can someone be "saved" without being baptized? Can someone be baptized without being saved?
  • Does baptism take the place of circumcision as the mark of the new covenant?
  • What is "confirmation" or "profession of faith," and what is its relationship to baptism?
  • What happens after baptism?

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Basic Questions
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
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James V. Brownson is James I. and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. His other books include Speaking Truth in Love: New Testament Resources for a Missional Hermeneutic

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