top-rated free essay

An essay to explain the meaning and significance of baptism for Christians today.

By nirvanarocksmysocks Jan 23, 2006 649 Words
There are many meanings and responsibilities with important significances of Christians today through baptism. Being baptised as a Christian means that you become a full member of the church community and the significance of that is that you have to worship God in church every Sunday with the community as that is what Christianity is about. We are told to keep the Sabbath holy in the Ten Commandments.

When we were baptised, we joined God's family so we also joined the commission that Jesus his son gave us. Jesus told us to preach the Gospel, heal the sick and cast out evil sprits. A practical understanding of this for Christians today is to stand up for the Word of God and the Gospel and lead example for others according to the Gospel, to help people who are in need of someone and give your time to someone, for example, giving money to charity like CAFOD or Christian Aid, and putting a stop to any evil you see, for example, if someone is doing something wrong, you should tell them to stop and show them what is right, and also get rid of any evil and temptation in yourself.

Being baptised means becoming a child of God and the significance of this is to follow God's will and values which means following the Ten Commandments, which all have practical meanings for Christians today as they are. Jesus also gave us these commandments; to love your neighbour as yourself, to love your enemies, to put yourself last before anyone else and to forgive everyone. Today, loving your neighbour and enemies means not treating people whom you don't like badly or differently to others. Putting yourself last means that you live life as God wants and trying to forget about material things. Christianity means thinking of others before yourself and making sure that something you do to please you doesn't affect others around you in a bad way. But it doesn't mean letting everyone walk all over you and never thinking of yourself. Other Christian beliefs include the fact that all life is sacred so some Christians, like the Roman Catholics and Protestants are totally against abortion and positive euthanasia, however some Christian denominations believe that they are acceptable under certain circumstances, for example the Methodist Church and the Anglican Church. In a practical use today, Christians must stand up to these injustices, obviously not commit them themselves and try to stop anyone else performing these acts as best you can.

Jesus also told us that we must 'carry our cross' and the significance of this is that we have to bear any sufferings that are in our lives that we can't change but have to live with, and we shouldn't constantly grumble about them. We should also help other people carry their crosses if we can so if we see anyone in trouble or upset, we should try to help them with their problems or help them to cope. However, we should not accept any suffering that we do not have to bear, like if are being bullied or abused as this is unjust and we should do everything to fight it for ourselves and for other people. Christians also strive for peace and acceptance of other Christians. The Quakers' priority is peace and The Salvation Army's priority is helping others.

In believer's baptism the adults are forgiven of as well as all their previous sins and are allowed to make a fresh start as their sins are washed away. In infant baptism infants are cleansed of Original Sin, which comes from the sins that Adam, and Eve committed, which is the temptation to sin.

When we are baptised and become Christians we have many rules and beliefs that you have to live up to and follow, but you also become a member of God's family, a member of the Christian community and gain eternal life.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • The Christian Ritual of Baptism

    ...The Christian ritual of Baptism Many forms of Christianity unite in their belief of performing the ritual of Baptism. But it is seen that these Christian denominations differ widely in their teachings about Baptism. While some consider it a rite of passage into the family of God, others strongly believe that without Baptism one cannot truly a...

    Read More
  • Baptism

    ...Baptism Every religion has certain rites and rituals that are crucial to the beliefs of the religion. Baptism is a sacramental rite within Christianity that initiates adherents into the total submission of God, through the role model of Jesus Christ. Baptism is often used as a statement of Christian beliefs, which is vital for salvation and,...

    Read More
  • baptism

    ... Research Paper Baptism is an important part of all denominations of Christianity. However, despite the importance of Baptism in Christianity there are many different interpretations of baptism, and how it should be done. For example, the Anabaptists believe that children should not be baptized, a basic difference between both the...

    Read More
  • Baptism

    ... BAPTISM A PAPER IN PARTIAL COMPLETION OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THEO 350: FUNDAMENTAL THEOLOGICAL ISSUES BY MATTHEW ADAMS FEBRUARY 19, 2014 Since Jesus Christ was resurrected from the grave, his followers have practiced baptism as an initiation t...

    Read More
  • Baptism

    ...KAKWEDZA 1207 INTRODUCTION TO CATECHESIS Dr Sr ALETA DUBE 25 MARCH 2013 WHAT ARE THE MATERIAL AND WORDS USED AT BAPTISM? Each Sacrament consists of two things matter which is called the element or material, and form which is commonly called the word. The form of a sacrament consists of the words by which the Sacrament is affected. The ma...

    Read More
  • The Manner in Which Baptism Expresses Core Christian Beliefs

    ...The Christian faith is the completion of the Jewish law; it came under Jesus Christ to call the world to salvation; and an integral part of salvation for all Christians is their willingness and obedience to be baptised. Christian rites are very reminiscent of ancient Jewish rites and this right of passage into the church, baptism even had its or...

    Read More
  • The Crusades: Significance for Christianity Today

    ...Give a brief account of The Crusades. What significance do they still have for Christianity today? What should contemporary Christians learn from them? In this essay, this writer will give a brief account of The Crusades, demonstrate the significance they still have for Christianity today and what lessons contemporary Christians should lear...

    Read More
  • Teaching of Discipleship on a Christian of Today.

    ...AO2: Explain how this teaching about discipleship might affect the life of a Christian today. Christian discipleship involves faith and commitment to God, self sacrifice, service to others, using your time, money and energy, as God wants you to not as the world...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.