What Presbyterians Believe
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How to Speak Presbyterian
It has been estimated that 58 percent of the members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) did not grow up in the denomination. For readers in that category, here is a short rundown of the lingo you are likely to hear in a Presbyterian church that you may not have heard in another church.
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Does the Presbyterian church believe in collective salvation or individual salvation?
Being baptised and born again are they the same? Also, which gives you assurance for salvation, is it baptism or to be born again? Please help.
Baptism is indeed to be performed onve, however the Roman Catholic Baptism implies baptismal regeneration (ex opere operato) and the Catechim of Catholic Church emphasizes the saving power of baptism. There is no connection between the Biblical Baptism (even infant one based on covenant theology) and the baptismal regneration and exorcism of the Catholic one
Martina, Your question on Baptism (christening) is a good one and often very confusing. The short answer is that baptism is non-denominational. Baptism leaves an indelible mark on your soul left by God. It is a one time thing and can not be repeated (Catechism of the Catholic Church) CCC 1272 and CCC 1246. Thus virtually every Christian denomination, including Catholics, believe that ANY Baptism, is valid. Furthermore anyone can Baptize an individual. If you are dying in an accident, wish to be Baptized and the only person around is a Budhist, they need only pour water on your forehead and say "I Baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." CCC 1284 The words do not need to be exact, it is the intention that counts. And just like that God puts his indelible mark of love on your soul. Of course, by sacred tradition Baptism is normally performed in a church by an ordained priest or deacon. Hope this helps. JT
Am evangelist ministering the gospel of Christ, with Presbyterian church in kenya, l hope it is a time the truth of God not the facts of men to be told in four conners of the world that Christ is the saviour.