Is believer’s baptism the clear teaching of the New Testament Scriptures? What are the historical and theological challenges to believer’s baptism? What are the practical applications for believer’s baptism today? This volume addresses these compelling questions. Indeed, Believer’s Baptism: The Covenant Sign of the New Age in Christ begins with the belief that believer’s baptism (as opposed to infant baptism or other faith proclaiming methods) is the clear teaching of the New Testament. Along the way, the argument is supported by written contributions from Andreas Köstenberger, Robert Stein, Thomas Schreiner, Stephen Wellum, Steve McKinion, Jonathan Rainbow, Shawn Wright, and Mark Dever.
“Fourth, theologically, water baptism presupposes spiritual regeneration as a prevenient and primary work of God in and through the person of the Holy Spirit.” (Page 34)
“Third, the mode of John’s and Jesus’ baptism was most likely that of immersion.56” (Page 33)
“Our desire, rather, is to respond to evangelical paedobaptists, primarily in the Reformed tradition, who baptize infants not because they believe that baptism regenerates the child but because they believe that baptism brings the child into the covenant community where he or she will have the blessing of hearing the gospel preached as they grow up as members of the church.” (Page 7)
“The references to repentance and the forgiveness of sins make clear that John’s baptism is to be understood not merely in terms of ritual purification and religious observance but as essentially moral and ethical.” (Page 13)
“Jesus’ command to his followers to make disciples of all nations and to baptize and teach them clearly presupposes that the recipients of baptism and teaching are of sufficient age and maturity that they can consciously choose to be baptized and be instructed in the principles of the Christian faith.” (Page 24)
Believer’s Baptism is destined to be a classic concerning the doctrine of baptism. It is scholarly and practical, biblical and pastoral. Without demeaning those with whom they disagree, the contributors to this volume make the case for believer’s baptism by immersion as biblical baptism. Any future discussion of this doctrine will have to take this work into consideration.
—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
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Thomas R. Schreiner (Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean of Scripture and Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books and many articles on New Testament interpretation and biblical theology. He also serves as preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Shawn D. Wright (Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also serves as one of the pastors at Clifton Baptist Church. His area of specialization is Reformation studies.
Richard E Powell