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First Presbyterian Church
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Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism

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As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we believe that, as there is one body of believers in Christ, there is one baptism. We recognize all baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches. We believe God’s redeeming grace is offered to all people and unites the people of God with each other and with the church of every time and place. There are no barriers of race, nationality, gender, status, or age. Baptism is God’s gift of grace to all. It gives the church its identity and commissions the church for ministry to the world.

Both believers and their children are included in God’s covenant love. Children of believers are baptized without undue delay, but without undue haste. Baptism, whether administered to those who profess their faith or to those presented for baptism as children, is one and the same Sacrament. The baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith. The baptism of those who enter the covenant upon their own profession of faith witnesses to the truth that God’s gift of grace calls for fulfillment in a response of faithfulness.

As we participate in the celebration of another’s Baptism and reaffirm the commitments made at Baptism, we confess our ongoing need of God’s grace and pledge anew our obedience to God’s covenant in Christ. (Directory for Worship, W-2.3009)

Source: Presbyterian Mission Agency website: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/worship/sacraments-baptism