Baptism pt 2 – baptising infants (Heidelberg 27)

We continue thinking about baptism in this session (following on from the previous session) and there are two important questions: (1) does baptism just work in and of itself, and (2) should we baptise infants?

The question of baptising infants is something which churches do not agree on today. At the time of the Reformation (when the Heidelberg Catechism was written), it was the practice of Reformed churches such as the Church of England to retain this practice. In this session we’ll take a brief overview of why the Reformers believed this was right. I do not wish to be divisive! But it can be helpful to look at other perspectives and remember that Christians may disagree on certain things without it being an issue of critical importance.

There are three questions in this session:

  • Q72: Does this outward washing with water itself wash away sin?
  • Q73: Why then does the Holy Spirit call baptism the washing of regeneration and the washing away of sin?
  • Q74: Should infants, too, be baptised?

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