Baptism is more important than you think, but not for the reasons you suppose. It is not merely a sign that only looks to the past without any present power or reality. It is not primarily a loyalty test or a command satisfied by legal performance of the rite. Baptism is a symbol by which we participate in the reality of our new life in Christ. Through baptism God works by the Holy Spirit to forgive, renew, and transform fallen humanity into his own image, into a people who share the life of the divine, triune community. In this book, John Mark Hicks and Greg Taylor review biblical texts and historical Christian interpretations on baptism and provide their own theological reflections. They also address practical concerns regarding baptism in the church today.
About the authors:
John Mark Hicks is a professor of theology at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee. He holds an M.A. in Humanities from Western Kentucky University and a Ph.D. in Reformation and Post Reformation History from Westminister Theological Seminary. He is author of Come to the Table, Yet Will I Trust HIm, and other books.
Greg Taylor is managing editor of New Wineskins magazine in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds M.Div. from Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis. He is author of High Places. Greg and his wife Jill have three children and lived in Uganda for several years, where they worked with a church planting team.