By Alan P. F. Sell, Ross T. Bender
What are the main major issues at factor among the Reformed and Mennonite communions–Baptism, peace and church-state family members? Is there a fashion ahead? within the wish that there is, the members to this publication try to transparent how to nearer kinfolk among Reformed and Mennonites through cautious scholarly dialogue of the regularly disputed questions.
The papers collected right here have been awarded on the moment part of the foreign discussion among the realm Alliance of Reformed church buildings (Presbyterian and Congregational) and the Mennonite international convention. There are Reformed and Mennonite reviews of the subjects, including the responses of a thinker of religions, a sociologist, a scientific theologian and a church historian. within the creation the discussion is determined in its ancient and modern ecumenical context, and the realization, drafted via the discussion members, has been forwarded to the 2 global our bodies for his or her attention and motion. this crucial paintings could be appropriate to all destiny scholarly examine into the starting to be debate among Reformed and Mennonite communions.
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For example, the importance of having come to faith in Jesus Christ as the prior condition of baptism has at times been emphasized to such a degree that it has overshadowed other dimensions of the biblical order of baptism. Such overstatements have frequently arisen as attempted correctives to what have been perceived to be unacceptable understandings and practices of baptism in the pedobaptist traditions. 11 Nor should one rule out the possibility of an occasional lack Baptism in the Mennonite Tradition 43 of theological balance among Mennonites.
In worship we confess this and hear the word of forgiveness and new life. We baptize to place the beginning of life in the context of that grace. Is there something in the continuity of this ceremony from the first century to now which in itself refers us to that assured context? Can the great mystery of which the New Testament speaks become here objectively concrete? Can a sacrament reflect the sacrament without, as Earth fears, replacing it? V. Baptism and the Church Questions like these are questions about our understanding of the Church.
This is liberation. This has, I think, two implications for baptism. First, it need not always be an individual ceremony. As we have seen above, households were baptized in New Testament times, in one case a crowd of 3000 people, and in the recorded command of Jesus, even nations. 16 But these stories make the point that under some circumstances the faith of an individual is not different from the faith of a whole community, and that the forces which bring about conversion may be social as well as personal.