Baptism (A Christian's Pocket Guide Series)
What is Christian baptism? Is it, as many believe, a mere symbol? When should someone be baptized? In A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism, Robert Letham answers such questions from Scripture. He reflects sensitively on historic Christian teaching and avoids...
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What is Christian baptism? Is it, as many believe, a mere symbol? When should someone be baptized? In A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism, Robert Letham answers such questions from Scripture. He reflects sensitively on historic Christian teaching and avoids the extremes that often mark discussions of this subject, making this a book for everyone. Letham's plain talk will not leave beginners bemused, nor will it frustrate those who want to make real progress in their theological understanding. It is a 'tragedy', says Letham, that Christians should think of baptism as 'the water that divides'. The sign of our union with Christ should unite Christians, not least because it does not focus on our actions, but on God's mighty deeds. Baptism belongs to him. It must always be administered in connection with faith, yet that does not mean Christians do anything to receive or to earn baptism. They are to be baptized solely because of God's gracious promises.
Robert Letham (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Lecturer in Systematic and Historical Theology at Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He has been in pastoral ministry for 25 years - and at Emmanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware since 1989. He has taught at London Bible College and is Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia and visiting Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington/Baltimore.
He is the author of The Work of Christ (IVP, 1993); The Lord's Supper (Presbyterian and Reformed, 2001); The Holy Trinity (Presbyterian and Reformed, 2004); Assurance in Theological Context: Reformed Dogmatics 1523-1619 (Rutherford Studies in Historical Theology); The Westminster Assembly: Reading its Theology in Context (Presbyterian and Reformed / Craig Center for the Study of the Westminster Standards, 2009); Union with Christ (Presbyterian and Reformed) and The Person of Christ (The Bible Speaks Today Themes Series, IVP)
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