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Understanding Baptism (Church Basics) Paperback – January 15, 2016
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Understanding Baptism answers basic questions like What is Baptism?, Who Should be Baptized?, and How Should Churches Practice Baptism? This book, as well as all those in the series, are written, and thus the questions are answered, by those who take a Baptistic understanding of church government, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper. Even those Christians who have a different understanding of these church life issues will benefit from these books if they want to learn the other side and want to be challenged about their own position. Leeman defines baptism as follows: “Baptism is a church’s act of affirming and portraying a believer’s union with Christ by immersing him or her in water, and a believer’s act of publicly committing him or herself to Christ and his people, thereby uniting a believer to the church and marking off him or her from the world.” (6)
Understanding the Congregation’s Authority addresses basic issues about the congregations role in the church such as what Jesus expects of his understanding-the-congregations-authority-by-leemandisciples in the church, the role Adam had and how that relates to church members, and the role pastors play in a church members discipleship. Too often is our churches the pastors (and its even worse if there is only one full-time pastor) and elders (though this is not always the case with them) are expected to do the lion share of church ministry. But is this the case?Read more ›
Well I was sort of right because the book (booklet?) does reach out to new believers but it was also written for the more mature believer that is just wanting more specifics and of course it is also designed for the church leadership. Pretty diverse audience if you ask me, but it works. Bobby Jamieson doesn't beat around the bush with anecdotes and cute stories, instead he addresses the issue head on.
Let me give you a little taste of his style with this passage from the chapter How Should Churches Practice Baptism?:
"Baptism is a church's act of affirming and portraying a believer's union with Christ by immersing him or her in water, and a believer's act of publicly committing him or herself to Christ and his people,thereby uniting a believer to the church and marking off him or her from the world. In baptism, a believer commits to God's people and God's people commit to that believer. Therefore, where a church exists, baptism should confer church membership. The church doing the baptizing should, by that very act, be inducting this new believer into their number. Baptism isn't just a prerequisite to church membership; normally, baptism begins church membership. Church membership is the house, and baptism is the front door." (pg.67)
After reading this short text I think the reader will not only come away with a greater understanding of baptism but also a more precise understanding of the role of the church in the act.Read more ›
In the Introduction to Understanding Baptism Jamieson list three types of people that he would expect to read this book. They are: 1) someone who believes in Jesus but hasn't yet been baptized 2) Christians who are simply interested in learning more about baptism and 3) a church leader, especially a pastor. Jamieson walks the reader through what baptism is, who should be baptized, should infants be baptized, the relationship between churuch membership and baptism, when someone's baptism may not have actually been a baptism and how baptism should be practiced in the church. The chapters are written in a very straightforward manner, avoiding rabbit trails or digging in too deep and perhaps losing some of its intended readers. This book is an excellent sized book for churches to hand out to its members or teach through in a Sunday School class. One addition I would have liked to see is questions for further discussion at the end of each chapter. A few thoughtful questions for each chapter would allow for readers to dig deeper if they desired. Overall, though, I was very pleased with this book and look forward to reading more in this series and having them available to hand out to others.
I received a copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was a profound help in giving greater clarity to the ordinance of baptism, and especially the importance of doing so in the context of a Christian community.Published 7 months ago by Kerry Coup
best book on baptism I've read. Treats the pedo-baptism position fairly, then fairly dismantles it imo. concise and to the point.Published 9 months ago by DMJ4Truth