Sermon No: 670-Baptism - Part 1 - Believers baptism vs Infant baptism (Christening)
SERMON TOPIC: Baptism - Part 1 - Believers baptism vs Infant baptism (Christening)
Speaker: Gavin Paynter
Date: 10 April 2011
Topic Groups: BAPTISM, FIRST PRINCIPLES, HERESY
Does the Bible teach infant baptism (Christening or paedo-baptism) or believers baptism (Credo-baptism)? Where did the practice of giving names at christening come from?
Why were the credo-baptists (Anabaptists and Baptists) persecuted by paedo-baptists.
There are 3 main baptisms for the Christian:
(1) Baptism into the body of Christ
(2) Baptism in water
(3) Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
In the Greek baptizo simply meant 'immersion'. Although we often associate baptism with a religious rite and normally water baptism, this was not the case with the early readers of the Greek NT books. They would have understood these terms as 'immersing in the Holy Spirit', 'immersion in water' etc.