Foundations part03-baptism


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Foundations part03-baptism

  1. 1. Young Adult Ministry of theNortheast American Diocese
  2. 2. Announcements Pre-Marital Preparation – 4 times a year Feb. 2nd June 8th – St. Thomas Unruh Philadelphia Family Conference Oct. FOCUS Conference Unit Registration October 26, 2013 – One Day Conference
  3. 3. FOCUS Faith Series - Objectives Understanding about the Orthodox Faith In depth study of Hebrews 6:1-3 Understanding the Basic Teaching about Christ What is H. Baptism
  4. 4. Hebrews 6:1 – in context Pressing onto maturity (5:11 ff) Journey from infancy to maturity - Moving toward &leaving behind. – Spatial imagery – journey. From onestage of learning to another. 5:1-10 Exposition; 5:11 ff hortatory Christian experience is path from being a child(nepios) to being a mature person (teleios) Third warning passage of Hebrews Goal is perfection or maturity
  5. 5. Grace of Baptism “However far a man may advance in faith,however great the blessings that he attains,he never discovers, no can he ever discoveranything more than what he has alreadysecretly received through Baptism” St. Mark theMonk Illuminated – Heb 6:4 Christian life aims to live out the baptismalvocation
  6. 6. Baptism and Salvation “Unless a man is born again, he cannot enter theKingdom of God. What is born of the Spirit is spiritand what is born of the flesh is flesh.” – St. John 3:5 St. Mark 16:16, "He who believes and is baptized willbe saved." Primary agent is God. It is an act of God. Godrecreates.
  7. 7. Union with Christ Participation in the life, death & resurrection of Christ(Tomb- Womb) Romans 6:3ff: “Or don’t you know that all of us whowere baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into hisdeath? 4 We were therefore buried with him throughbaptism into death in order that, just as Christ wasraised from the dead through the glory of the Father,we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death likehis, we will certainly also be united with him in aresurrection like his.”
  8. 8. Forgiveness of Sin. Forgiveness of Sin. State of Fallness into which we areborn Acts 2:38 ”Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for theforgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the giftof the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21
  9. 9. Image of God - renewed Restoration of the image of God tarnished by sin Gen 1:26-27 “Regenerated in the image of the Logos”
  10. 10. Members of the Royal Priesthood Royal Priesthood Baptism Chrismation – anointing and becoming spirit bearers.As John Zizioulas says, “The theological significance ofthis (receiving communion) lies in the fact that it revealsthe nature of baptism and confirmation as beingessentially an ordination.”
  11. 11. Adoption as God’s children Adoption as God’s children For those who are led by the Spirit of God are thechildren of God. 15 The Spirit you received does notmake you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather,the Spirit you received brought about your adoption tosonship. Lord’s Prayer recited by only the baptized
  12. 12. John’s Baptism & Jesus’ Baptism John baptized in water, but the Messiah to come wouldbaptize the people in the Holy Spirit and in fire (Mart.3:11) Insufficiency of John’s Baptism – Acts 19:1-7
  13. 13. Baptism & Other Sacraments In Orthodox Tradition Baptism is connected toChrismation and Eucharist Baptism is the sacrament of initiation
  14. 14. Resources: Online: Print: The Shape of Baptism, Aidan Kavanagh The Church at Prayer, The Sacraments, ed. A.G.Martimort Documents of Baptismal Liturgy E.C. Whitaker Glory and Burden Paulose Mar Gregorios