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Sacrament Of Baptism

What is the sacrament of baptism? What is meant by sacrament? My church just calls it water baptism. Is there a difference?

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The classical defintion of sacrament is "a visible and outward sign of an inward and spiritual grace that causes what it signifies."
---Jack on 12/18/07


*I have only heard the term Sacrament when I was a catholic. I go to a non denominational church now where the truth is being preached and that term is never used.*

It's used plenty by Protestant historians who've studied the early church. For example in the New International Dictionary of the Christian Church, J.D. Douglas writes:

"Doctrinally, baptism very early came to be understood as a means of grace or a sacrament, in the sense of an instrumental means of regeneration."
---augusta on 4/7/07


2. Philip Schaff (History of the Christian Church, Volume II: Ante-Nicene Christianity A.D. 100-325) likewise wrote:

"This ordinance [baptism] was regarded in the ancient church as the sacrament of the new birth or regeneration, and as the solemn rite of initiation into the Christian Church, admitting to all her benefits and committing to all her obligations."

And let's not forget Martin Luther, who got might irate when someone dared suggest that baptism wasn't a sacrament.
---augusta on 4/7/07


Baptism is needful. But the word sacrament makes it sound like religion instead of grace. I don't like that word, "sacrament" it sounds to close to the word "sacrilege". Let's just call it what it is, "baptism", were gonna have a baptism on such and such a day...but sacrament? nah, that sounds phony.
---Eloy on 4/6/07


In 1st Peter 3-21 it says baptisem now doth save us we have to have the hole package if we have just his spirt and we are not baptize we are only half born and we have got to have both
---Betty on 4/7/07




Robert,
"Read the word."

Indeed. one might very well start with the book of Galations where Paul makes it clear that faith plus works (circumcision for them, baptism for some today) equals no salvation at all.
---BRUCE5656 on 4/6/07


Robert your statements are not in the Bible. They are made up by man, therefore lies.
If you are trusting what you said for Salvation you are still lost and will not see the Kingdom Of God.
Jesus said this in John ch 3. Read it.
---Elder on 4/6/07


Baptism is the strait gate,

Those who are not baptized FIRST with water and SECOND by the gift of Holy Ghost, by the laying on of authorized hands, cannot see or enter the kingdom of God.

Read the Word.
---Robert on 4/5/07


Water baptism is a symbol that should reflect the reality of what Christ has done for you. if the reality isn't there you just get wet. Only God's Grace redeems. As for me being a member of the Friends Church, we don't baptize with water unless the person wants to be, because it doesn't save them it is only a way for them to tell us the community that they trust in Christ. those that choose not to be baptized should publicly proclaim their faith in worship before they are considered members.
---Jared on 4/5/07


sacrament simply means sacred service; in the Christian assembly we have baptism, and communion which is the Lord's Last Supper or Passover, and we also do fastings, and there is also the special service of anointing with oil and laying on of hands for healings.
---Eloy on 4/3/07




Jimbo::I put the cart before the horse That should read Baptism is an Outward sign of Inward grace.OOps I did a boo Boo.
---Emcee on 4/2/07


Jimbo:Yes the sacrament of Baptism FOR the first & only time is a cleansing of Original sin & initiation into the family of God, so it is an Inward sign of outward Grace as the recepient recieves the theological virtues of Faith Hope & Charity of the Holy Spirit.
---Emcee on 4/2/07


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Does the Orthodox Church view the sacrament of baptism as the same as water baptism or is there a slightly different meaning? I**

The Mystery (our preferred word) of Baptism IS administerd with triple immersion AND emersion in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as Christ commanded.

Water baptism IS the sacrament of baptism. Period.
---Jack on 4/1/07


I have only heard the term Sacrament when I was a catholic. I go to a non denominational church now where the truth is being preached and that term is never used.
---Doug on 4/1/07


Emcee,

Does the Roman Catholic Church view sacrament of baptism the same as water baptism?
---Jimbo on 4/1/07


That is what it is in the RCC'An outward sign of inward Grace".
---Emcee on 4/1/07


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Jack,

Does the Orthodox Church view the sacrament of baptism as the same as water baptism or is there a slightly different meaning? I know that you probably the most knowledgeable Orthodox blogger that comes here.
---Jimbo on 4/1/07


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