MBS109 The Ordinance of Baptism

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MBS109 THE ORDINANCE OF BAPTISM

The ordinance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the Church. This study will be covered in two sections: the word “ordinance” and the ordinance of baptism itself.

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MBS109 THE ORDINANCE OF BAPTISM

By Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. THE MEANING OF THE WORD “ORDINANCE”

A. The Definition

1. Sacrament

2. Ordinance

B. The Qualifications of an Ordinance

C. The Number of Ordinances

D. The Necessity of the Observance of Ordinances

II. THE ORDINANCE OF BAPTISM ITSELF

A. The Meaning of Baptism

B. The Qualifications of Baptism as an Ordinance

C. The Formula for Baptism

D. The Modes of Baptism

1. Non-Immersion Modes

2. Immersion

E. The Subjects for Baptism

1. Infant Baptism

a. The Reasons for Infant Baptism

b. Arguments for Infant Baptism

(1) The Anti-Type of Circumcision

(2) Household Promises

(3) Inclusion of Infants in Household Baptism

(4) Church Tradition

c. The Arguments Against Infant Baptism

2. Believer’s Baptism

F. The Relationship of Baptism to Salvation

1. Numerous Salvation Passages

2. Paul’s Statement

3. Some Problem Passages

a. Mark 16:16

b. John 3:5

c. Acts 2:38

d. Acts 22:16

e. 1 Peter 3:20–21

G. Rebaptism

For as often as you eat this bread, and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till he come.

1 Cor 11:26