It Takes a Church to Baptize: What the Bible Says about Infant Baptism

It Takes a Church to Baptize: What the Bible Says about Infant Baptism


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The issue of baptism has troubled Protestants for centuries. Should infants be baptized before their faith is conscious, or does God command the baptism of babies whose parents have been baptized?

Popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight makes a biblical case for infant baptism, exploring its history, meaning, and practice and showing that infant baptism is the most historic Christian way of forming children into the faith. He explains that the church's practice of infant baptism developed straight from the Bible and argues that it must begin with the family and then extend to the church. Baptism is not just an individual profession of faith: it takes a family and a church community to nurture a child into faith over time. McKnight explains infant baptism for readers coming from a tradition that baptizes adults only, and he counters criticisms that fail to consider the role of families in the formation of faith. The book includes a foreword by Todd Hunter and an afterword by Gerald McDermott.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587434167
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 757,826
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham), a world-renowned scholar, writer, and speaker, is Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. His blog, Jesus Creed, is one of the most popular and influential evangelical blogs. McKnight is the author or editor of more than sixty books, including Adam and the Genome, Kingdom Conspiracy, The Jesus Creed, The Blue Parakeet, The King Jesus Gospel, and The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life. He is also a canon theologian for the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Todd Hunter
Preface: A Letter
1. Our Baptism: First Six Words
2. Baptism: Church and Family
3. Presentation and Commitments
4. The Three Great Themes of Our Baptism
5. The Bible and Infant Baptism
6. The Act of Baptism
7. My Personal Testimony
Afterword by Gerald McDermott

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Lorizen More than 1 year ago
This short read is a exposition on infant baptism citing what the author pulls in as the biblical foundation for. While doing so he's also wound this around the sacrament of baptism as held in the anglican community, which I am well familiar with. The book is well put together in most respects and yet I wanted something more, I point to the title It Takes A Church. That is does. When we stand to witness the baptism of not just infants but any one else, the church family and community, two very important factors that we hold to be be also promise that we collectively assume this role as well. It does indeed take a church family/ community to uphold this covenant of faith. I absolutely understand what the author was trying to put forth, however the last quarter of the book took a curve that could have been placed earlier or not at all. It is by all means a very readable, easy to understand book, it does have somewhat of a scholarly approach but again easy straightforward read. It is a great book for those seeking to understand the broader view of baptism narrowed down. I recommend it for any reader looking for a broader understanding or searching their own beliefs. *I received an arc from NetGalley and publisher for an honest review*