What is baptism?

  • (noun): A Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth.
    Example: "Most churches baptize infants but some insist on adult baptism"


Baptism (from the Greek noun βάπτισμα baptisma; itself derived from βαπτισμός baptismos, washing) is a Christian rite of admission (or adoption), almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church generally and also a particular church tradition. Baptism has been called a sacrament and an ordinance of Jesus Christ.

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Cubao Cathedral - Schedule of Services - Sacraments - Baptism
... Sunday 1200 nn (register at least one week before date of Baptism) Special baptism Tuesday to Saturday, by appointment ...
Samoan Assemblies Of God In New Zealand Incorporated - Beliefs - Core Beliefs - Baptism in The Holy Spirit
... should ardently expect and earnestly seek" the baptism in the Spirit ... This baptism gives to the receiver an "enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry" ... listed in the Fundamental Truths that result from Spirit baptism "overflowing fullness of the Spirit", "a deepened reverence for God", intensified consecration and dedication to God and his work, and "a more ...
Spirit Of Jesus Church - Vicarious Baptism Rituals
... The Spirit of Jesus Church performs Baptism for the Dead ... and the notion of "household" salvation to the supposed ritual of vicarious baptism referred to in 1 Cor ... that through the ritual of vicarious baptism (先祖の身代わり洗礼) that the blessings of individual salvation can be extended to past generations as well ...
Carrie Judd Montgomery - Pentecostalism
... although hesitantly at first, eventually received her what Pentecostalism refers to as "Spirit baptism" in 1908, at age 50 ... This experience deeply impacted her life and spirituality and the theme of Spirit baptism became integrated into her magazine and her teaching ... To the Evangelicals, she had a voice to introduce Spirit baptism to them without all the fanaticism and to the Pentecostals, she remained balanced and didn’t overemphasize the ...
... from the Greek ἀναβαπτισμός ἀνά- "over again" and βαπτισμός "baptism") are Christians of the Radical Reformation of 16th-century Europe ... able to make their own confessions of faith and so rejected baptism of infants ... members of this movement abhorred the name "Anabaptist", claiming that since infant baptism was unscriptural and null and void, the baptizing of ...

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    A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.
    —E.M. (Edward Morgan)

    This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
    Bible: New Testament Matthew, 3:17.

    A “voice from heaven,” following the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.