Baptism at Grace
BaptismThe celebration of entering God’s family is always a special occasion, and is observed during a congregational worship service. As Lutherans, most of our baptisms involve infants, but any age is the right age to receive God’s promise. Arrangements for Holy Baptism can be made by contacting our pastor at the church office, 937-859-3941.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISMThe Simple Way a Father Should Present it to His Household
The FirstWhat is Baptism?
Baptism is not just plain water, but it is water contained
within God’s command and united with God’s Word.
Which Word of God is this?The one which our Lord Christ spoke in the last chapter of
“Go into all the world, teaching all heathen nations, and
baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and of the
What does Baptism give? What good is it?
It gives the forgiveness of sins, redeems from death and the
Devil, gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, just
as God’s words and promises declare.
What are these words and promises of God?Our Lord Christ spoke one of them in the last chapter of Mark:
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; but whoever
does not believe will be damned.”
The ThirdHow can water do such great things?
Water doesn’t make these things happen, of course. It is God’s
Word, which is with and in the water. Because, without God’s
Word, the water is plain water and not baptism. But with God’s
Word it is a Baptism, a grace-filled water of life, a bath of
new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul said to Titus in the
“Through this bath of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
which He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our
Savior, that we, justified by the same grace are made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful
The FourthWhat is the meaning of such a water baptism?
It means that the old Adam in us should be drowned by daily
sorrow and repentance, and die with all sins and evil lusts,
and, in turn, a new person daily come forth and rise from
death again. He will live forever before God in righteousness
Where is this written?St. Paul says to the Romans in chapter six:
“We are buried with Christ through Baptism into death, so
that, in the same way Christ is risen from the dead by the
glory of the Father, thus also must we walk in a new life.”
This text was translated in 1994 for Project Wittenberg by Robert
E. Smith and has been placed in the public domain by him. You may
freely distribute, copy or print this text. Please direct any
comments or suggestions to:
Rev. Robert E. Smith
Concordia Theological Seminary
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