“Baptism is a sacrament, wherein the washing with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, doth signify and seal our ingrafting into Christ, and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace, and our engagement to be the Lord’s.”
(Question 94 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism)
Baptism is one of two sacraments in the Church; the other is Communion. Baptism is based on God’s promise expressed in the person of Jesus Christ and is a visible symbol of God’s love and grace.
The pouring of water expresses the forgiveness and transformation God gives us, reminding us of restoration, cleansing and nourishing so often associated with water. God embraces us and welcomes us into the household of faith. Baptism is our response to the person of Jesus Christ and his Church. As a response, the central meaning of Baptism comes from God, rather than in our own action and personal decision.
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