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In the Jewish culture, people would wash in what was called a “Mikveh.” This was a ritual bath where Gentiles would immerse yourself to be cleansed ceremonially so they could go and worship at the temple in Jerusalem. This was used as part of a ritual for those that were not Jewish and were converting to Judaism. They would be baptized as a sign of dying to their old lives and entering into a new relationship with Yahweh, the God of Israel.
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Seeds Trees and Fruit
Rhantizo and Baptizo
Sprinkle = this lamb died for you
Immersion = identifying with the death and ressurecting of Christ
The sacrament of baptism is the sign and seal of the new covenant of grace. While we do not hold that baptism imparts the regenerating grace of God, we do believe that Christian baptism signifies for this young child God’s acceptance within the community of Christian faith on the basis of prevenient grace. It anticipates his (her) personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ.
In presenting this child for baptism you are hereby witnessing to your own personal Christian faith and to your purpose to guide him (her) early in life to a knowledge of Christ as Savior. To this end it is your duty to teach him (her), as soon as he (she) shall be able to learn, the nature and end of this holy sacrament; to watch over his (her) education, that he (she) may not be led astray; to direct his (her) feet to the sanctuary; to restrain him (her) from evil associates and habits; and as much as in you lies, to bring him (her) up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Will you endeavor to do so by the help of God? If so, answer, “I will.”
Baptism also signifies the acceptance of this child into the community of Christian faith. I now ask you, the congregation; will you commit yourself as the Body of Christ to support and encourage these parents as they endeavor to fulfill their responsibilities to this child and to assist by nurturing his (her) growth toward spiritual maturity?
Response: We will.
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