What do we believe about Baptism?
Lutherans believe that Baptism is a holy sacrament, instituted by God. Jesus Himself commands Baptism and tells us that Baptism is water used together with the Word of God. It is God's gift of life and salvation. Because of this, we believe that Baptism is one of the miraculous means of grace , through which God creates and strengthens faith.
We invite all, those baptized and those not yet baptized,
to worship with us and to be fed with the word of God.
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Since infants cannot understand the word, God uses baptism as a means to bring them into the faith. If faith is truly a gift of God and not a human work, God can certainly do this for an infant. He can also do it through whatever means He has chosen.
Baptism as a visible form of the gospel, not a form of the law
Baptism is a gift of grace through the promise of the gospel. It is not something we do to profess our faith, or to profess that we will raise our children in the faith. This is the word that creates faith.
Baptism by water and the word
Baptism is not just water-- it is water combined with God's word. We believe that the Holy Spirit has chosen to work through baptismal water in the same way that He works through His word. Without God's word the water is plain water and there is no Baptism.
Faith is created by the power of the Holy Spirit working through God's Word. Whenever a person comes to faith, he may be baptised.
Regardless of when or how a person comes to faith, we believe that faith must be nurtured and fed or it will die.