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When is a person ready for Baptism and Confirmation

Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by Numbers21, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. Numbers21

    Numbers21 New Member

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    I have been a Christian for my entire life, but was not Christened as a baby. I started attending Church 13 years ago, have attended many Bible studies, although I have not yet read the Bible the whole way through. I have been thinking about being Bapitsed and confirmed for many years now, but I often have times where I lose faith, and am worried that I am not able to truthfully declare myself as a believer as part of the Baptism ceremony. Does anyone have any guidance on when people are ready spirtually to be Baptised, and what I might need to do to get to that place myself.
     
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  2. Albion

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    Truthfully, it depends a lot on which denomination you turn to.

    I say that because they have different views as to what Baptism means, does (if anything), and requires.

    We could, in other words, give you a good answer--from the perspective of certain churches--while you instead are convinced of the views of other Christian denominations.
     
  3. Numbers21

    Numbers21 New Member

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    Thank You, I am currently attending a Church of England Church.
     
  4. StephenDiscipleofYHWH

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    If you believe and have done these things then you are ready to be Baptized.

    1. In order to be saved you must first believe in Yahshua the Christ
    (Mark 16:16; John 3:3,15-18,35-36; John 5:24; John 6:26-40,47; John 14:1,12; Acts 10:43; Acts 16:31-33; Romans 10:4,8-11; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 5:1,4-13)
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    2. We must believe that Christ was God manifest in the Flesh
    (1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:8-9; John 1:1,14; John 8:28; John 14:9-12)

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    3. Must believe Christ lived a sinless life
    (1 Peter 2:22 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15 ; 1 John 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

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    4. Must believe Christ died for all men's sins
    (Luke 1:77; Acts 13:38,39; Hebrews 10:16-18; Luke 24:45-47)

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    5. We must believe he raised himself from the Grave on the Third day
    (John 2:19-21 ; John 10:17-18)

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    6. We must repent of all our past sins and ask the Lord for forgiveness in the name of Yahshua the Christ
    (Matt 4:17; Matt 9:13; Mark 1:4,15; Luke 3:2-4,18-21; Luke 5:32; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 2:36-39; Acts 8:16,19; Acts 10:43, 48; Acts 13:24; Acts 17:30; Acts 19:5; Acts 22:16;1 Cor 12:13; 2 cor 7:8-10; 2 timothy 2:25; James 4:8; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 1:8-10; Revelation 3:19)

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    7. We must forgive all those who have sinned against us or we will not be forgiven
    (Matthew 6:14-6:15; Matthew 18:15,21-22; Mark 11:25-26; 2 Corinthians 2:7-11; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12-13)
     
  5. Albion

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    Okay...and thank you. The CofE, like all the historic churches, believes that Baptism is a sacrament that forgives sin or reassures us of God's forgiveness in response to our confession of faith, confers grace, and makes the recipient a member of Christ's Church. Based on everything you've written, it looks to me that you probably are ready for Baptism and should not hesitate to speak to a priest about it.

    Any serious Christian would have some questions, given that it's a big step, and the Church will similarly want to advise you and perhaps also give you some formal instruction before the day of Baptism. But there really is no reason not to at least talk with the rector or vicar about it.
     
  6. eleos1954

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    By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Saviour, become His people. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water (symbolizing our death & resurrection with Christ) and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings.

    Supporting Scripture:
    Rom. 6:1-6; Col. 2:12, 13; Acts 16:30-33; 22:16; 2:38; Matt. 28:19, 20.

    All of us experience times when our faith is shaken ... don't let that hinder you from being baptized ... if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then follow Him .... in His steps. You're going to mess up here and there ... but one will experience change over the course of their lifetime.

    1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
     
  7. Numbers21

    Numbers21 New Member

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    Many thanks for your help.
     
  8. Behold

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    Put your faith in Christ and worry NONE about water baptism.
    You are too concerned with something that you have been taught has a supreme value that it does not possess.

    There is a reason that the Writer of 73% of the New Testament, who Himself was given church doctrine directly from Christ, said......"Christ sent me NOT to water baptize".

    See, the error of many Christians is to put over-confidence and extreme value into things that of themselves have no power to do anything for you, spiritually or literally, but are only of symbolic value.

    Let me show you.

    Take Jesus off the Cross.
    Put Him back into heaven, as if He has not come yet.
    No Cross yet., No resurrection yet..

    Now, go and have yourself water baptized and confirmed 234 times.
    Then die.
    What happens?
    You will go to hell.
    Why?
    Because you have to be born again to Go to Heaven, and that requires a CROSS, a BLood Atonement, and FAITH.

    What does water do?
    Its gets you wet, and it allows you to confess publicly that you already belong to Christ.
    Its similar to wearing an army uniform, as this >shows< that you are in the Army.
    But you can wear a army uniform and not be in the Army.
    You can be water baptized, and not be born again.
     
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