Infant Baptism: How My Mind Has Changed by Dennis E. Johnson
In 1994 one of our daughters, while away from home attending college, asked me to explain the rationale I saw in God’s Word for baptizing the infant children of believers. Since I was a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church when she and her siblings were born, they had all been baptized as infants; but…Read More
Why We Baptize the Children of Believers
“Why does your church baptize infants?” This is a question that is often asked by visitors to Reformed and Presbyterian churches. Since the historic practice of baptizing the children of believers is largely a foreign concept to the vast majority of evangelicals today, accepting this doctrine can be a difficult hurdle for a family that wishes to join a confessional, Reformed church. Christians who are interested in Reformed theology and sincerely desire membership in Christ’s church are often shocked to find out that the Reformed church they want to join teaches and practices infant baptism.
So, why do we baptize the children of believers? The answer is simple: We baptize the children of believers because they belong to the covenant and people of God. While this answer is simple, it is one that never the less requires some explanation.
Often times, an evangelical may come to Calvinistic convictions with regard to the doctrines of grace (i.e. the so-called “Five Points of Calvinism,” or “TULIP”), yet be completely unaware of basic covenant theology. Hence, the doctrine of infant baptism seems strange and exotic to him. Accustomed to looking for “proof-texts” in the Bible, he searches the Scriptures for a verse that explicitly prescribes the practice of infant baptism. Finding none, he is resistant to the practice, suspecting that Reformed and Presbyterian churches baptize the children of believers more so out of tradition and sentiment than from any serious biblical conviction. What he has yet to understand, however, is that our practice of baptism (both for the adult believer and his children) naturally flows from our theology of the church. This involves an understanding of the covenant that God has made with his people. Consequently, the question, “Why does your church baptize infants?” entails a more complex answer than many people are prepared to receive.
Where should we then begin?Read More
Infant Baptism within the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
[caption id="attachment_6463" align="alignright" width="452"] Madison Grace Locke Baptism February 2007 Newberry ARP Church by Reverend Anthony R Locke[/caption] Infant Baptism is a very interesting subject for maturing believers seeking to know more about God’s Covenant relationship with His people. To help those looking for quality material I have posted two articles with which I agree and I believe agree with the ARP Standards as well as the Westminster Confessions of Faith. The articles are Why We Baptize the Children of Believers by Michael Brown & ThirdMill.org — Infant Baptism: How My Mind Has Changed by Dennis Johnson
If you read these two articles then you will know our teaching on this very important topic. I especially like the second article written by a PCA minister to one of his daughters who was baptized as an infant but then being challenged by college friends who believed in Adult Baptism only. His kind and fatherly advice is very much appreciated and very easy to read.
I pray God blesses you in your search to know Him better.Read More
The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying — by Scott Dannemiller
I was on the phone with a good friend the other day. After covering important topics, like disparaging each other’s mothers and retelling semi-factual tales from our college days, our conversation turned to the mundane. “So, how’s work going?” he asked. For those of you who don’t know, I make money by teaching leadership skills…Read More
updated April 11th, 2011 These are collected on Wednesday during the Bible Study and Prayer Time 1. Betty Wood is having trouble with her one remaining kidney. Pray an antibiotic can be found to treat the infection. 2. Benedict’s daughter Beth for sustained health. 3. Marshall Anderson with in-home dialysis for his kidneys. Pray for…Read More
updated March 30th, 2011 Please send all new prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org Please pray for our friend of the church, Mr. Edwin A. Greer, brother of the late Mrs. Martha Nelson and Mrs. Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, brother- in- law of Mr. Dick Nelson. Mr. Greer fell and broke his hip. He has had hip surgery and is…Read More
The Great Theologians
Recently, our Adult Sunday School class used Gerald R McDermott’s book The Great Theologians. The book was an excellent theological summary covering the last 1,800 years. The class was a discussion format covering the development of Christian thinking as it reflects on Bible truths. Adam Moore, Second Presbytery’s Student of Theology, enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary, taught the class every Sunday.…Read More