The Priest, or Celebrant asks the parents the name they wish to give their child followed by what they ask from the church for that child. When the parents reply that they wish for their child to be baptised the celebrant explains to them their responsibilities and asks the godparents if they are willing to help the parents bring the child up in the church. The role of godparents is to help the child lead a catholic life. Traditionally, the godparents are the ones who insure that the child is given a Christian upbringing if the parents are no longer able to do it. But they also help the parents in every day life.
Luther felt that for a sacrament to be true, it had to come from Christ and be a sign of the promise of the gospel. He concluded that baptism and communion were the only two sacraments (Gonzalez, pg. 53) For Luther, baptism was a sign of one’s death and resurrection with Christ. To complete this act one has to possess the gift of faith from God. With this faith you are a believer and baptized to become a member of the body of Christ.
Although I was born into the Christian faith, I stayed by my own choice. I am proud to call myself a Christian! Every denomination of Christianity is unique in some way. Each denomination holds the Bible as their sacred text, believes Jesus Christ is the son of God and died for our sins, and believes in the Triune God (the father, son, and Holy Spirit). The differences between the denominations of Christianity range from the interpretation of the Bible to the holy sacraments of baptism and communion.
The sacrament of Baptism is a rite of passage undertaken by believers in celebrating, symbolising and making present the central beliefs of the religious tradition of Christianity. It is an experiential religious act involving the transformation of the individual. Baptism as a rite of initiation welcomes the individual into the Christian tradition and links the individual, community and divine. However, not all Christians identify with the physical nature of the rite. Quakers believe that the whole of life is sacramental.
Baptism in the Baptist Church Baptism is the "opportunity for a believer to draw nearer to God in Faith" and to show that they fully trust God to take a hold of their lives. We know that Baptism is important in Christianity because in the Bible it states "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38) Baptism and Holy communion in the Baptist Church is not called a sacrament, as they do not believe that God becomes present during these ceremonies. Instead they call them Ordinances, "this is something that Jesus ordained or appointed for his Church to strengthen Believers" (Pastor Clive Johnston) The Baptism I am going to talk about is Believers Baptism. This is the baptism of an individual, who has made their own decision to follow Christ, It is the public announcement of their love and commitment for God. Describe a baptismal service and the role played by all those attending.
This paper will discuss the multidimensional portrayals of the work of the Holy Spirit as it applies to global missions. In the Old Testament the Spirit of God is described in terms of God’s efficacious authority and in the New Testament Jesus refers to the spirit of God as another advocate who was sent from the Father. While the Holy Spirit does not pose a physical body it contains the characteristics of a person. “In accordance with Scripture the “personality” of the Holy Spirit is confessed and defined in the Creeds and in all the Church’s doctrinal judgments concerning the divine Trinity.” The Hoy Spirit embodies the essence of both the Father and the Son. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit begins with examining biblical witness to the work of the Holy Spirit in the history of Israel, as well as the ministry of Jesus, and in the life of the church.
As a result, worship to God will ascend heavenward from the heart of humanity and not emotions. It will reverence God in his holiness and love for the world. Trinitarian worship represents God as being three in one, which is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Unitarian and Trinitarian worship both can unknowingly be part of a church service. It is imperative Christian people be taught the difference between the two worship ordinance, because it holds relevance to Jesus
The church does not know of any other means than baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude". 'Catechism 1257' When we are born we are born into our family, our blood and genetic family. Parents want the best for their children. They want their children to have all the opportunities they have had, and to enjoy all the things they themselves have found enjoyable in their own lives. So parents who belong to a church want their children also to be part of the church.
However, Calvin pretty quickly states the mystery of Christ 's union to the believer, yet this union is our transformation into the likeness of Christ from the old self. Hence, the Supper is a continued extension of our regeneration. Moreover, Calvin emphasizes that our participation in the sacrament comes about for our being brought up into the life of God. To do this, Calvin states that one must "carefully observe" that the strength of the Supper symbolizes the redemption and salvation, Christ himself procured for humanity
This has given rise to the Emerging Church Movement. The churches in this new movement seek to be proactive in this post modern culture. They believe that they will have reach out to people if they want them to become part of the Church. They believe that they are going to have to understand the postmodern mind set if they want to be able to relate to this new generation. They will have to know how to live out their faith through their worship and they will have to know how to keep their worship centered on God.