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Yr12 SOR 1 - Baptism

Baptism Rituals Greek Etymology Jewish Mikveh Symbols Acts 8:26-40 Mode & Manner Significance to Ind./Comm.

Mark Robinson

on 21 November 2013

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Transcript of Yr12 SOR 1 - Baptism

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3. ANALYSE the SIGNFICANCE of baptism for both the INDIVIDUAL & the Christian COMMUNITY
1. DESCRIBE the Christian practice of baptism
Expression of beliefs
2. DEMONSTRATE how baptism EXPRESSES the BELIEFS of Christianity
Baptism is...
The HSC syllabus requires you to answer THREE possible type of questions regarding Baptism. These include the following:

1. DESCRIBE the Christian practice of baptism

2. DEMONSTRATE how baptism EXPRESSES the BELIEFS of Christianity

3. ANALYSE the SIGNFICANCE of baptism for both the INDIVIDUAL & the Christian COMMUNITY
A DESCRIBE question is essentially asking you to describe the actual physical process. Start with a defining statement explaining WHAT BAPTISM IS
Begin with a statement that clearly and accurately describes the general nature of baptism. Examples could include:

"Baptism represents the initial formal and public participation of the candidate into the life of the church and Christ’s death and resurrection."

"Baptism is a sacramental rite that admits a candidate into the Christian church. It is a sacrament for both Catholic and most Protestant churches; accepted by all major variants (excluding the Quakers and the Salvation Army)."
After this, continue by outlining the observable physical characteristics of baptism. By doing this, you will be answering basic questions like:

WHO gets baptised?

Someone who wants to become a part of the Christian community. It can be administered to either infant or adult adherents.
WHO performs a baptism?

Typically, baptisms are performed by a leader in the community, be that a priest, bishop, reverend, pastor, minister or deacon
WHAT is said during a baptism ceremony?

It involves ritualised prayers, blessings and scripture, usually including some variation of the Apostle’s Creed. Often, the church leader will say

"I baptise you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit"
WHEN does a baptism usually take place?

It is usually celebrated during or after the Saturday or Sunday worship service.
WHAT does a baptism ceremony look like?

It universally involves the use of water, through aspersion, affusion or immersion. The form of baptism gives differing significance to the symbolic meanings of the rite (for example, immersion emphasizes the connection to Jesus’ death and resurrection, while ‘pouring’ connects more strongly to purification or the transmission of the Holy Spirit).

Aspersion is the sprinkling of water on the head


Affusion is the pouring of water over the head

The word "immersion" is derived from late Latin immersionem, a noun derived from the verb immergere (in – "into" + mergere "dip"). In relation to baptism, some use it to refer to any form of dipping, whether the body is put completely under water or is only partly dipped in water; they thus speak of immersion as being either total or partial.

Others use "immersion" to mean exclusively plunging someone entirely under the surface of the water. The term "immersion" is sometimes used to describe a form of baptism in which water is poured over someone standing in water, without submersion of the person.
WHERE does a baptism typically take place?

A baptism can be performed practically anywhere that has enough water to carry out the required procedure. (This may vary depending which form of baptism is being used)
The first thing you need to do is make sure
you know the principal beliefs of Christianity

Textbook p.70-75

Draw a mind-map of the 5 principal beliefs of
Christianity in your notebook
Divinity & Humanity
of Jesus Christ
Death, Resurrection &
Ascension of Jesus Christ
Nature of God &
the Trinity
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