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Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant


I find this article fascinating. I am a paedobaptist who sees baptism more as a dedication and the symbol of the beginning of discipleship than as a joining to the covenant community so I don’t fit neatly into either camp. This is a good start. Source: Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant


2 thoughts on “Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

  1. Rich

    I’m a Baptist considering infant baptism myself. What I can’t get past though is that baptism seems to be connected with a profession of faith. I am okay with there not being any explicit examples of babies or young children being baptized because you either have to read into the text that whole households included children or read into the text that they didn’t. It makes sense that they would and this fits with the federal headship mindset that they had at the time.


      Is baptism connected with a profession or with the beginning of discipleship?

      Matthew 28
      19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (ESV)

      Here it seems to be the mark of the initiation into a life of discipleship. All other examples of NT baptism that follow the great commission should be seen in light of the commission to baptize. If this is the case then baptism is not a sign of someone who is saved (many false converts have been baptized) but a sign of one who has started a life journey of discipleship. For a Christian family, this is not delayed until later in life when they make a profession of faith but starts at birth. So in baptizing an infant or very young child, the parents are saying, ” I am making this child a disciple. I will raise them as a Christian and trust in God to save them according to His covenant promises”. The church too is at the same time embracing them as one who is a disciple and welcomes them into the community as a disciple with the expectation that the child will behave as a disciple.

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