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Different Interpretations: One Christian Fellowship

This is Part 2: Baptism and incorporation into the body of Christ on July 31, 2012, by Christian Science Reading Room of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Ma.

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Transcript of Different Interpretations: One Christian Fellowship

"When the doctrinal barriers between the churches are broken, and the bonds of peace are cemented by spiritual understanding and Love, there will be unity of spirit, and the healing power of Christ will prevail. Then shall Zion have put on her most beautiful garments, and her waste places budded and blossomed as the rose."
Mary Baker Eddy, Pulpit and Press (p. 22:16-21) What to expect?

Why Baptism?
“Common” Christian Themes
Biblical passages
Time for research
Sharing Union with Christ
Incorporation into the body of Christ
New birth
Forgiveness of sins
Reception of the Holy Spirit Five Metaphors for Baptism WHY BAPTISM? Recovering baptismal unity is the most important ecumenical task "as it is central for the realization of genuine partnership within Christian communities."
This study document "explores the close relationship between baptism and the believer's life-long growth into Christ, as a basis for a greater mutual recognition of baptism." One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition - A Study Text : Faith and Order Paper No. 210. World Council of Churches June 2011
http://www.oikoumene.org/fileadmin/files/wcc-main/documents/p2/2011/One_Baptism_Corrected_for_reprint.pdf D

"My students need to search the Scriptures and 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' to understand the personal Jesus' labor in the flesh for their salvation:
they need to do this even to understand my works,
their motives, aims, and tendency."

Mary Baker Eddy, First Church of Christ, Miscellany p 214 WHAT'S YOUR CONCEPT
of Baptism?
of incorporation into the body
of Christ? © Glowimages.com © Glowimages.com
Initiation in the Hebrew Bible:

Ritual initiation was done through the event of circumcision as a sign of God’s covenant with Israel (Gen 17:10-11).

“In the Hebrew Scriptures the metaphorical use is consistent. Circumcision connotes suitability for participation in what God is doing. It follows that physical, literal circumcision also carried this meaning. Circumcision made Israel fit to participate in God’s activity as God’s people. This meaning for literal circumcision lies behind the requirement that only the circumcised may eat Passover (Exo. 12:43-49).” *

*Anchor Bible Dictionary Volume 1 A-C, p 1026 © Glowimages.com
BODY OF CHRIST (descriptions of 1 Cor. 12:12-31)

“'...the body of Christ' comes to mean the church, its limbs and organs made up of individual believers united in Christ and functioning for mutual benefit." - Harpers Collins Bible Dictionary (p. 102)

“Paul starts from the one body and explains why it must have more than one member or else not be a body; he does not start from the many to reach the one. Nor is his metaphor used to insist on the rights of many but on their duties.” - Peake’s Commentary on the Bible (p. 962)

"Christians do not simply become unified by common belief... In baptisms, the believers are actually brought into Christ himself. Therefore, they did not call themselves "Christians" as those outside themselves would do... as if the newness were their own attribute: rather they call themselves 'those in Christ" because what distinguishes them from others is Christ himself." - Anchor Bible Dictionary vol 1 (p. 770) Varied interpretations in
the Christian community "Once a part of the body,
one is entrusted with the mission to share the gospel with the world" "Members must exercise the spiritual gifts with which they have been endowed for service in the church and the world" "If one is baptized into one particular church, not the whole body, does that signify a division from others?" One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition, Faith and Order Paper no. 210,
World Council of Churches, Geneva, 2012 "As we draw near to Christ, we must draw near to each other" "Through baptism Christians are brought into union with Christ, with each other and with the Church of every time and space" Baptism Eucharist and Ministry (BEM), Faith and Order Paper no. 111, World Council of Churches, Geneva, 1982 "We can unite with this church only as we are new-born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, — casting out error and healing the sick." Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures p 35 Have you thought about what it means to
unite with the body of Christ? Have you considered baptism as a call
to overcome division among churches? How does baptism relate to church membership? Do you relate baptism as part of joining Christ Jesus' church? If you are baptized into the body of Christ what do you leave behind? Scriptural Questions! © Glowimages.com Ephesians 4:4-6 (NRSV) There is one body and one Spirit,
just as you were called to the one hope of
your calling,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God
and Father of all,
who is above all and through all and in all. *NRSV is used in most seminaries, and by most mainline Christian churches. The KJV is considered by many as using an ancient language and as being inaccurate. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NRSV) For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. © Glowimages.com Galatians 3:27-28 (NRSV) As many of you as were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer
slave or free, there is no longer male and female;
for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. © Glowimages.com Resources
Including Bible dictionary, concordance, and commentary Writings of Mary Baker Eddy (www.concordworks.com)
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Bible Notes/ Bible Lesson Submerged in Spirit I invite you to share what has helped you as you think about having dialogue with others on this topic.

This is about the journey, not the destination.

Have fun talking with others about this topic and make some new friends! Next Time: Baptism and the reception
of the Holy Spirit Early Christians were told to repent
and be baptized
so they could receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
(Acts 2:38) Join us as we learn more.

5:30 pm Tuesday 8/21

Part 4: Sept.11: Baptism & new birth
Part 5: Oct. 2: Baptism & forgiveness of sins © Glowimages.com © Glowimages.com
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