|Theology Holy Baptism|
It is with great honour that we welcome a new member in our Methodist Chaplaincy.
Baptism is practiced in several different ways. Aspersion is the sprinkling of water on the head for adult, and affusion is the pouring of water over the head for baby as Methodist practice. We also use the “immersion”, when condition permit outside of our premises, in which the candidate kneels in lake or river and water is poured over the head, as saw in many Christian movies at Jesus’ Baptism.
Our New Hope Ministry and Mission and Eric Michel Pentecostal Ministry use Immersion in this sense has been employed in which baptism is generally depicted in early Christian art.
Baptism is a sacrament that initiate a new Christian, it welcomes into the community of followers of Christ, and temples in which the Holy Spirit dwells. Baptism leaves a permanent spiritual mark on our soul that makes us holy, Jesus said:” No one will reach the Father with out Baptism (John 3:1-21) “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”
Because of the permanent spiritual mark on our soul if you are Baptized once no matter at which age you DO NOT need to be re-baptized. If it was done as infant or young age, even as adult in an other denomination, the Baptized need to be confirmed, meaning in public the Baptized testify his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.
The Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Orders leave an indelible mark on the soul of the person receiving them. (indelible = means a mark that cannot be removed.)
When baptized is not just something external, the soul itself becomes profoundly changed. That is why baptism is received once because it leaves a mark forever on our soul. We call that mark a seal or a pact between a new Christian and God.
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