Jesus came and said to them,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything
that I have commanded you.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Matthew 28: 18-20
Baptism is perhaps more commonly called Christening, they are the same thing. The word Christening implies what is intended, being marked by God's grace and power, becoming part of Christ's people. Baptism is an ancient term probably including Jewish proselyte Baptism, that is the rite of ritual washing and purification undertaken by non Jewish believers when they joined Judaism. Jesus commanded his followers to 'be baptised' and so we should delight to fulfil that command.
For more information click to go to the Church of England Christenings website
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