Rituals of Baptism
In Hebrew or Greek forms, baptism means to immerse in water. This sacrament is often thought of as the “door by which the believer enters the church and has the right to partake in the rest of the Sacraments” (Sacrament of Baptism).
For instance, it has been indicated in Romans 6: 3-4 that, “all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness.
It has contributed a lot in passing moral and ethical values to people as time advances. This ritual helps in understanding the norms and customs of Baptists without any uncertainty. These objectives are achieved through introduction of Sunday school classes and religious seminars where children and youths participate before the ritual is performed (Baptist faith & message, 2000). This ritual of baptism is not fixed, but it continues to grow as time progresses. Through research and gathering information’s from church artifacts and the elderly, I have come to realize that the former baptism was performed through immersion in water by the Jews (Hebrew Bible). John the Baptist performed this ritual with the intention of reducing crime while other priests had other motives like changing to Judaism. This ritual was passed by John the Baptist to Jesus and his disciples. Jesus was immersed in water by John. Jesus also performs this ritual to his disciples since it was part of their culture and had to be transferred from one generation to the next generation through observations and actions. (John 3:22-4:2).
As the bible says, ““Now when all the individuals were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened.” (Luke 3:21, 22). The sacraments appear to be very sacred and their significance is something that has been passed down for many generations. In the end, it is obvious that baptism is a ritual that secures a person with a destiny that connects them to their creator.
Baptist faith & message. (2000). Dallas, Tex.: Baptist Executive Board, Baptist General Convention of Texas\
Blount, D. K., & Wooddell, J. D. (2007). The Baptist faith and message 2000: critical issues in America's largest Protestant denomination. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Jewett, P. K. (1978). Infant baptism and the covenant of grace: an appraisal of the argument that as infants were once circumcised, so they should now be baptized. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans