Westminster Confession, week 45

November 8, 2014

Chapter 28: Of Baptism

1: Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ,[521] not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church;[522] but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace,[523] of his ingrafting into Christ,[524] of regeneration,[525] of remission of sins,[526] and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in the newness of life.[527]Which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to be continued in His Church until the end of the world.[528]

2: The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a minister of the Gospel, lawfully called thereunto.[529]

3: Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary; but Baptism is rightly administered by pouring, or sprinkling water upon the person.[530]

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