The promise of baptism : an introduction to baptism in Scripture and the Reformed tradition / James V. Brownson.

By: Brownson, James V
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., c2007Description: xiii, 223 p. ; 23 cmISBN: 0802833071 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780802833075 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Baptism -- Biblical teaching | Reformed Church -- DoctrinesDDC classification: 234/.161 LOC classification: BS2545.B36 | B76 2007Online resources: Table of contents only
Contents:
What does it mean to be a Christian? -- What is the church? -- What does it mean to be a member of the church? -- What is a sacrament, and how does it differ from an "ordinance"? -- How do the sacraments bring God's grace to us? -- Why are sacraments necessary and important? -- What does Romans 6:3 mean when it speaks of being baptized into Christ's death? -- If baptism unites us to Christ's death and resurrection, in what sense does it also signify cleansing? -- What is the relationship of baptism to receiving the Holy Spirit? -- What is the relationship between baptism and being "born again"? -- Which is better, sprinkling or immersion? -- What does it mean to be baptized "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," or "in the name of Jesus" (and which of these names should be used in baptism)? -- Does baptism presuppose faith, or does it call us to faith? -- Can someone be "saved" without being baptized? : can someone be baptized without being saved? -- Does baptism actually bring about any change in us and in our relationship to God? -- Does baptism assure us of our salvation? -- If the church is a covenant community, what distinguishes the new covenant from the old covenant? -- Does God have a new covenant saving purpose not just for individuals, but for families? -- Can infants be saved, despite their inability to express their faith? : if so, how does this clarify the relationship between salvation and faith? -- Does baptism take the place of circumcision as the mark of the new covenant? -- Can we be confident of the salvation of baptized children who die at a very young age? -- Does the fact that some people baptized in infancy never confess Christian faith for themselves weaken the case for infant baptism? -- Does the fact that some baptized persons abandon the faith of their baptism call into question the reliability of God's promise? -- Was infant baptism practiced in the early centuries of the Church's life? -- What is "confirmation" or "profession of faith," and what is its relationship to baptism? -- Who decides if someone should be baptized, How should that decision be made, and When and Where should baptisms take place? -- Can grandparents present grandchildren for baptism if the parents are not confessing members of the church? : what about the children of parents whose faith is weak, or whose church membership is uncertain? -- I don't remember my baptism as an infant, and my parents didn't raise me as a Christian : now the Holy Spirit has brought me to faith in Christ : should I be baptized again? -- Some parents are not persuaded by the biblical case for infant baptism : is it appropriate in such cases for them to dedicate their baby to God in a public worship service? -- What happens after baptism?
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-218) and index.

1. What does it mean to be a Christian? -- 2. What is the church? -- 3. What does it mean to be a member of the church? -- 4. What is a sacrament, and how does it differ from an "ordinance"? -- 5. How do the sacraments bring God's grace to us? -- 6. Why are sacraments necessary and important? -- 7. What does Romans 6:3 mean when it speaks of being baptized into Christ's death? -- 8. If baptism unites us to Christ's death and resurrection, in what sense does it also signify cleansing? -- 9. What is the relationship of baptism to receiving the Holy Spirit? -- 10. What is the relationship between baptism and being "born again"? -- 11. Which is better, sprinkling or immersion? -- 12. What does it mean to be baptized "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," or "in the name of Jesus" (and which of these names should be used in baptism)? -- 13. Does baptism presuppose faith, or does it call us to faith? -- 14. Can someone be "saved" without being baptized? : can someone be baptized without being saved? -- 15. Does baptism actually bring about any change in us and in our relationship to God? -- 16. Does baptism assure us of our salvation? -- 17. If the church is a covenant community, what distinguishes the new covenant from the old covenant? -- 18. Does God have a new covenant saving purpose not just for individuals, but for families? -- 19. Can infants be saved, despite their inability to express their faith? : if so, how does this clarify the relationship between salvation and faith? -- 20. Does baptism take the place of circumcision as the mark of the new covenant? -- 21. Can we be confident of the salvation of baptized children who die at a very young age? -- 22. Does the fact that some people baptized in infancy never confess Christian faith for themselves weaken the case for infant baptism? -- 23. Does the fact that some baptized persons abandon the faith of their baptism call into question the reliability of God's promise? -- 24. Was infant baptism practiced in the early centuries of the Church's life? -- 25. What is "confirmation" or "profession of faith," and what is its relationship to baptism? -- 26. Who decides if someone should be baptized, How should that decision be made, and When and Where should baptisms take place? -- 27. Can grandparents present grandchildren for baptism if the parents are not confessing members of the church? : what about the children of parents whose faith is weak, or whose church membership is uncertain? -- 28. I don't remember my baptism as an infant, and my parents didn't raise me as a Christian : now the Holy Spirit has brought me to faith in Christ : should I be baptized again? -- 29. Some parents are not persuaded by the biblical case for infant baptism : is it appropriate in such cases for them to dedicate their baby to God in a public worship service? -- 30. What happens after baptism?

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