According to the latest official figures, the Church of England conducts over 2,600 baptisms every week and their popularity seems to be on the rise. The figures for christenings and for adult baptism alike both show an increase of around 5% on the previous year. The opportunities that this presents for mission are clear. As a teacher of ordinands and readers (who cannot officiate at baptisms but who are often involved in baptism preparation), Phillip Tovey surveys the Church’s understanding and practice of the rite of baptism from the days of the New Testament to its meaning in today’s secular society, and uniquely explores the missional dimension of the liturgy of baptism.
By Water and the Spirit, a 6-session study guide for use in small groups, contains the full text of the paper "By Water and the Spirit," which describes the United Methodist understanding of baptism approved by the 1996 General Conference. This booklet serves as a resource for congregational leaders who are helping members make connections between the baptismal covenant and discipleship in daily life.
Water’s wisdom on renewal, communication, and holism • How water, as a conscious organism, unites all of creation in one vast communication network • Includes the research of Masaru Emoto and Viktor Schauberger • Discusses the energetics of water, water treatments, finding the best-quality water, and the perils of bottled and distilled water Once held sacred the world over, water contains a wisdom few today acknowledge. Driving everything from our metabolic processes to weather patterns and climate change, its real significance lies in its role as a medium for metamorphosis, recycling, and exchanging energy and information. Seeking a return to our ancestors’ reverence for water, Alick Bartholomew explores water’s sacred uses, its role in our bodies and environment, and the latest scientific studies to reveal that water is a conscious organism that is self-creating and self-organizing. Examining new discoveries in quantum biology, he shows how water binds all of life into one vast network of energy, allowing instant communication and coherence. Covering the research of water visionaries such as Viktor Schauberger, Mae-Wan Ho, and Masaru Emoto, he examines the memory of water and reveals how the same water has been cycling through Earth’s history since the dawn of time, making water nature’s greatest recycling and reclaiming agent. With information on the energetics of water, water treatments, finding the best-quality water, and the perils of bottled and distilled water, this book offers us a path to reclaim the spirituality of water.
As is implied by the title, this book is built upon the premise of John 3:5 which states, "Unless a person is born of water and the Holy Spirit they cannot enter the kingdom of God." This body of work examines the sacrament of water baptism, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit in their historical setting. More importantly, this work answers the question, "Are sins taken away by water or spiritual baptism?" Many citations from the New Testament claim that it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses one who believes from their sins, but how is that reality received? These questions and more are answered while an examination of historical issues are covered such as; The re-baptism of heretics joining the church, and the practices of catechumen and the baptism of infants. Proof texts that are used to support the idea of baptismal salvation are reviewed as well as passages of scripture which claim that people who call upon the Lord shall be saved.