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Why Baptism?

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As Calvin observes, we are not disembodied spirits. We are not just ears to hear the Word. As those who struggle with temptations and doubts in soul and body we need the Word where we can touch it and taste it as well as hear it.

In Reformed theology Baptism is a means of grace; that is, an institution God uses to grow our faith. Yet how many Christians really see their Baptism as an important element of their Christian identity and growth?

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W. Robert Godfrey is professor of church history and president of Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California).

Issue: "How Do We Receive Christ: God's Sacraments or Ours?" May/June 1997 Vol. 6 No. 3 Page number(s): 27-31

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