...Unless one is “born again.” This phrase carries great meaning no matter what Christian denomination you come from. The meaning of the phrase certainly changes depending upon your particular belief system, but the power of the phase remains intact. To be “born again” in all cases implies one of the most significant spiritual changes any person can ever experience. So when does being “born again” happen and what does it really mean? Does this spiritual change happen when one is baptized as an infant or when one commits their life to God through Jesus or when one is baptized as an adult or when one dies? Is this spiritual change a prepaid one way ticket to heaven or an opportunity for power and control in your present life, or is it a sober and humbling opportunity to sacrifice all that you have and all that you are?
Humanity loves ritual and tradition, as they give us a sense of our roots and a sense of belonging. Christianity has its rituals, one of which is baptism. The problem is, there are many ways that different Christian groups define baptism. So, what part should baptism play in our Christian faith? Is it necessary? Should babies or adults be baptized? Does baptism actually change you, or is it a symbol of a change within you?
Baptism is one of the central themes of Christianity and is held as sacred by all denominations. Now you would think that with such widespread agreement that Christianity would be in agreement, but alas we are not! Here are the areas of concern: who should be baptized, what does baptism actually mean, when (at what age) should baptism take place, why should we be baptized and how is baptism properly administered? So, let’s see what baptism is all about!
With 2,000 denominations of Christianity, we can be assured that there are many, many ways to view baptism. Are babies supposed to get baptized, or is baptism only for adults? Does baptism actually take away your sins, or is it an important symbol of a conscious decision already made? Is baptism a “no exceptions” requirement to enter the Kingdom of God, or does it show that the Kingdom of God has entered you? Why does the New Testament refer to “John’s baptism” and separately to “Jesus’ baptism”? So many questions, so many perspectives, and so little time!
One of the things that separate true Christianity from other religions is the way in which we profess that God works in our lives. According to the Bible, the true Christian is given a special brand of help for their life. This help is called the Holy Spirit and it is the awesome power and influence of God working in our lives to help us to not only cope with a world that we are in but not of, but it is there to help us become Christ-like from the inside out. So, how does the Holy Spirit work? Does it really guide us? Stay with us as we look into this mighty power of God to try and grasp just how significant its influence is in our lives.
Baptism is a key part of Christianity. All Christians believe that this ceremony is an important part of an individual’s experience. The difficulty comes in understanding what part of the experience baptism belongs to and what exactly baptism means. Every denomination of Christianity has their understanding of the subject and many of these understandings are contradictory. Stay with us as we look into this difficult and important subject to try and find out what it all means and what makes baptism necessary.
For Christians, the act of water baptism is an important part of our faith. For some it is a symbol, for others it is an act of cleansing. That’s water baptism – but what about the baptism of the spirit? Is it the same thing or is it totally different? What about baptism in fire – who does this apply to? This program we look into this teaching of a baptism in the spirit – what it means and who is part of it. Stay with us as we look to figure out what the Bible says is the baptism of the spirit?