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Further resources and podcasts from “Our Life in Christ” produce by Sbdn Steve Robinson & Reader Basil Gould.
Baptism Part 1: “If you remove the soundtrack from a baptismal ceremony, there is nothing that really separates it from any other pagan baptismal or washing ritual.” What makes baptism “Christian” is the Word of God, the Incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Christ. This program discusses “water” in the Gospel of John and its importance in understanding Christian baptism and specifically the Orthodox understanding of “sacramental baptism”, the physical participation of God in creation and us in God through creation.
Baptism Part 2: Baptism is a new birth into a new Kingdom and family, not just a new spiritual concept, idea, or way of believing. The ceremony of baptism is both material and spiritual because we are body, soul, and spirit and because God became flesh. What does the Scripture mean when it says, “Baptism now saves you” and “Unless you are born of water and the Spirit you cannot enter the Kingdom of heaven”? What is “faith” and what is its relationship to baptism? Can infants have faith?
Baptism Part 3: Does the Bible teach “infant baptism”? Why does the Church baptize infants? A survey of Old Testament and New Testament definitions of household, family, Kingdom, rituals, sacrifices, and the Church. What does infant baptism give to a baby who cannot understand or believe rationally in Christ.
Baptism Part 4: What does it mean to be “born again”? Baptism is the sacrament of “community”. Also a discussion of circumcision as a “type” of baptism, infant communion, which happens at a child’s baptism. What about “household baptism” in Acts, how did the early Church understand “households”? What about “original sin”? How does the Church regard non-Orthodox baptisms?