Baptism of Love

It is love that only our heavenly Father can give. Let the words and spirit of this book sink in deep as you read it, and get to know your Father and His amazing love for you.

Baptism of Love

There are various baptisms in regard to our walk with God: salvation, water, fire. But there is one baptism that is largely overlooked, and even unrecognized. This baptism brings the greatest healing and freedom to every believer that has experienced it, a Baptism of Father God's love. There are only a few people in this world that truly understand what it means to be loved unconditionally. The rest have no idea what it is to receive and enjoy a love without strings attached, without preconditions or without a pre-nuptial agreement. It is love that only our heavenly Father can give. Let the words and spirit of this book sink in deep as you read it, and get to know your Father and His amazing love for you.

Baptized in the Spirit

I have also found numerous references in early Pentecostal literature to Spirit
baptism as a baptism in the love of God. This description of Spirit baptism is
made especially in reference to Romans 5:5, which refers to the love of God “
shed ...

Baptized in the Spirit

Baptized in the Spirit creatively examines the most recent trends in Pentecostal and charismatic theology, especially with regard to the displacement of Spirit baptism as Pentecostalism’s central distinctive. The author begins by focusing on the significance of the Holy Spirit in reciprocal and mutual work with the Son in fulfilling the will of the Father. He also shows how the pneumatological emphases in Pentecostal and charismatic theology can help to correct the tendency in Western Christianity to subordinate the Spirit to the Word.

Holy Spirit Holy Living

Christ's love is unconditional and nonviolent. Pentecostal theologians have noted
that love is the Spirit. In his Spirit of Love, Amos Yong explains that the Spirit
poured out at Pentecost may be defined as a baptism into the Spirit of holy love.
136 ...

Holy Spirit  Holy Living

The language of holiness seems outdated. It is a word that comes to us thwarted by a negative history, associated with undesirable restrictions and oppressive legalisms. What do you do with a term that has been negatively socialized, even among churches, when the God of the Bible clearly states that He wants His people to be holy? Holy Spirit, Holy Living aims to dust off the discarded idiom and rediscover the depth and splendor of holiness. What are some practical implications for theological and spiritual practice? Two broad categories express the particularity of the Church in the world. As such the Church must maintain peculiarity to the world. First, holiness properly understood speaks to being and acting in a way that reflects both a regenerated life in Christ and the ongoing renewal in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Secondly, holiness as a lifestyle must include at least three principles: rest, being, and doing. These three standards undergird a life of conviction of faith and practice, worship for God, and service to others. A holy life follows Christ and is Spirit-filled. It is unbent by society, which is numb to what God wants.

Dialog of Catherine of Siena

I poured from it Blood and Water, to show you the baptism of water, which is
received in virtue of the Blood. I also showed the baptism of love in two ways, first
in those who are baptized in their blood, shed for Me, which has virtue through
My ...

Dialog of Catherine of Siena


The Baptism of Jesus the Christ

Father declares His love for the Son. Third, He gives the Holy Spirit, the gift of
love. Fourth, the Spirit comes to anoint the Son with power to accomplish the
Father's will. Considering the Trinitarian fellowship of love in the baptism of Jesus
is ...

The Baptism of Jesus the Christ

The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptizer is one of the theologically richest narratives in the Gospels, touching the transition from the old to the new covenant, the doctrines of water and Holy Spirit baptism, and the doctrine of the Trinity, to name only the most significant of topics. In The Baptism of Jesus the Christ, Ralph Allan Smith addresses each of these areas, aiming in particular to respond to James D. G. Dunn's view that Jesus' baptism and the gift of the Spirit are fundamentally distinct events, to revive John Calvin's view of the baptism of Jesus as central to understanding Christian baptism, and to suggest directions for re-thinking the doctrine of God's attributes in the light of the fully personal interaction of Father, Son, and Spirit reflected in the baptismal narrative.

Christmas Eve Celebration

7 If overdrawn, the point is nonetheless well taken. Here the primary mood is joy,
out of love. The center of the dialogue is, in a way, the account of baptism, where
love and joy converge upon the life of a child thence to stream out from the child ...

Christmas Eve Celebration

This book is about the meanings of Christmas. It makes for a fine Christmas present--written in popular, poetic style--and is a literary classic. This little dialogue shared by women, men and children on Christmas Eve is the jewel in the crown of Schleiermacher's theological writings. It features celebrations among close friends in a traditionally decorated home--stories told by four women, doctrinal interpretations offered by four men. All these events are shared in dialogue, accompanied by singing, activities, and expressions of two young children, and exchange of homemade gifts. Beautifully written and full of evocative images, it is in effect a drama, lending itself to being read aloud. For the first time the two original German editions (1806 and 1826) can be handily compared, though without interrupting smooth reading of the final edition from start to finish. It will serve as a brief piece for reflection by students from high school through graduate school.

Essays on Christian Baptism

I proceed to notice Brotherly love as the second characteristic of a true disciple of
Christ . We have already seen that this is or : e of our Lord ' s commands to his
disciples , enjoined by him in a most emphatical manner . Its true nature and ...

Essays on Christian Baptism


Practicing Baptism

We see this point clearly explicated as Luther underlines firmly how the
sacrament—both baptism and the sacrament of ... “practices” which may be
christian in the sense that through them we may exercise the “common order of
christian love.

Practicing Baptism

Where is Jesus Christ? This fundamental question is the starting point of this book, which investigates the shape of Christian life and ministry in a post-Christendom context. Over the last decades there has been a shift in much of Western theology towards focusing on Christian practices in ministry and theological education. This may be seen as a way to deal with theological anxiety in an era of heightened personal autonomy. In Practicing Baptism Bard Norheim critically analyzes the engagement in Christian practices. As a response to this engagement Norheim develops a missional and diaconal theology for ministry, focusing on the presence of Christ in Christian practices. Fundamentally, this is an attempt to answer a pressing question for today: What do Christians do? Norheim draws on Martin Luther's theology and his notion of the three modes of Christ's presence, the present tense of baptism, and Luther's idea of the marks of the church. Based on this reading of Luther's theology, Norheim suggests that Christian life and ministry could be interpreted through the concept practicing baptism.

Anticipating Heaven Below

66 If, as Seymour believed, the real sign of Spirit baptism was love, then that love
should produce a community marked by mutual care and respect across all lines
of class, race, gender, and age.67 “The Pentecostal power,” says The Apostolic ...

Anticipating Heaven Below

Wesleyanism is a movement of hope. Wesleyans and their Holiness and Pentecostal offspring pray and work with the expectancy that the love and power of God will transform hearts and lives, renew the church, and bring compassion, healing, and justice to a suffering world. In a variety of ways, from holiness of heart and life to bodily healing to the abolition of slavery, they anticipated the life of the coming kingdom of heaven to already be breaking into the present through the power of the Holy Spirit. Anticipating Heaven Below explores their optimism of grace, examining its pitfalls as well as its promise. Henry H. Knight seeks to enable and inspire present generations within Wesleyan, Holiness, and Pentecostal movements to proclaim with confidence the promise of heaven below, and to do so with passion and integrity.

Compelled by Love

The Next Step: Baptize them The next portion of the Commission is baptism. By
leading a new disciple to baptism, we are helping this new disciple identify with
Christ as his or her Lord. Though puzzling to some, Christ Himself was baptized
in ...

Compelled by Love

Trusted missiologist Ed Stetzer and coauthor and pastor Philip Nation bring missional thinking to everyday believers in Compelled by Love. The 2008-2009 emphasis book for WMU, a million-member missions nonprofit organization, Compelled by Love is a basic theology-and-application platform to help believers understand what missional living is all about--that is, our calling to love others.

Understanding Four Views on Baptism

As if these questions weren't vexing enough, we have the added difficulty of
deciding who should be baptized. ... his love for them is not somehow inferior to
my love for Jesus or his love for me simply because we do not agree about
baptism.

Understanding Four Views on Baptism

What is the significance of water baptism? Who should be baptized? Is infant baptism scriptural? Which is the proper baptismal mode: sprinkling, pouring, or immersion? Should people be rebaptized if they join a church that teaches a different form of baptism? Should baptism be required for church membership? These and other questions are explored in this thought-provoking book.Four historic views on baptism are considered in depth:• Baptism of the professing regenerate by immersion (Baptist)• Believers’ baptism on the occasion of regeneration by immersion (Christian Churches/Churches of Christ)• Infant baptism by sprinkling as a regenerative act (Lutheran)• Infant baptism of children of the covenant (Reformed)Each view is presented by its proponent, then critiqued and defended in dialogue with the book’s other contributors. Here is an ideal setting in which you can consider the strengths and weaknesses of each stance and arrive at your own informed conclusion.

The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of Baptism and the Lord s Supper with Other Services Prepared for Use in the Evangelical Churches by Ministers and Members of the Established and Nonconformist Churches Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer

BELOVED , let us love one another : for love is of God , and every one that loveth
is born of God , and knoweth God . He that loveth not knoweth not God ; for God
is love . In this was manifested the love of God towards us , because that God ...

The Book of Common Prayer  and Administration of Baptism and the Lord s Supper  with Other Services  Prepared for Use in the Evangelical Churches  by Ministers and Members of the Established and Nonconformist Churches   Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer


God Is Love

need to be baptized again according to the Trinitarian formula given by Jesus?
When Paul met Christians at Ephesus who had received only John's baptism, he
instructed them in the difference, and the result was that they were rebaptized.53
 ...

God Is Love

While there is no substitute for personal, faithful, and careful Bible reading and prayer, the Bible’s vast size and diversity can make distilling its truth a daunting task. Thus most Christians benefit from supplemental resources to help learn and apply what Scripture teaches. Renowned theologian, Gerald Bray has produced just such a resource in his new systematic theology. Though packed with robust content, he writes about this volume: “the aim . . . is to reach those who would not normally find systematic theology appealing or even comprehensible.” This volume is unique from others in that Bray traces the common theme of God’s love through the Bible categorically—from God’s love for himself and his creation to the cross as the ultimate expression of God’s love, among other categories. The centrality of God’s love in Bray’s theology reflects a deep conviction that the Bible shows us God for who he really is. This volume will be of interest to Christians seeking to grow in their faith.

The Evangelistic Love of God Neighbor

Repentance is the porch, justification is the door, and sanctification is the whole
house.30 BAPTISM The theology underlying the two sacraments recognized by
Protestant denominations poses some of the greatest points of controversy for a ...

The Evangelistic Love of God   Neighbor

There are, it seems, as many definitions of the term "evangelism" as there are people doing the defining. For some, it means proclaiming the gospel to those who have not heard it. To others, it means making disciples of Jesus Christ. To others, it means working for the transformation of the world into the kingdom of God. For still others, it has principally to do with building vibrant, healthy congregations. Underlying this confusion is a fundamental inability to locate the practice of evangelism within one's overall theological convictions. We will never understand the part that proclamation, disciple making, kingdom building, and church growth play in evangelism until we first ask a more important question: What does evangelism have to do with who God is? What is it we know about God that makes evangelism a central part of what it means to be Christian? In this comprehensive theology of evangelism, Scott J. Jones proposes to ground the practice of evangelism in an understanding of God's love for the world, specifically as seen in the incarnation of God in Christ. In Jesus, God took on all of what it means to be human. Because of this, evangelism must be a ministry to the whole person. The typical distinctions between soul-winning, social action, and church growth evaporate; individual conversion and acts of mercy are part of the same ministry of bringing persons more fully into the reign of a loving God.

Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same Sex Love

CHAPTER FIVE No One Has Greater Love Than This By definition, Jesus' secret
baptism was not for the masses. On what basis did he select those whom he
baptized? What were the qualifications for receiving this mystery? Morton Smith ...

Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same Sex Love

"Originally published by Suspect Thoughts Press, 2004; Updated by the author and re-released by Lethe Press, 2013."

Becoming One

However, God honored many with the manifestation of a baptism of fire. People
present in the meetings saw tongues of fire upon them. Pentecost was not only a
baptism of power as many think, but it was also a baptism of love. Peter in the ...

Becoming One


Differences in judgment about water baptism no bar to communion or To communicate with saints as saints proved lawful In answer to a book written by the Baptists and published by mr T P and mr W K entituled Some serious reflections on that part of mr Bunyan s confession of faith touching church communion with unbaptized believers

+ Exhortation to Love is grounded not upon Baptism , but the purting on of the
new Creature , which hath swallowed up all diftinctiors . Col.3.9 . – 14 . Yea ,
there are ten Ar . guments in this one , which you have not so much as touched ;
but ...

Differences in judgment about water baptism  no bar to communion  or  To communicate with saints  as saints  proved lawful  In answer to a book written by the Baptists  and published by mr  T P  and mr  W K  entituled  Some serious reflections on that part of mr  Bunyan s confession of faith  touching church communion with unbaptized believers


Annual Session of the Baptist Congress

confessed before the Father and his angels unless he is baptized ; if such an
appreciation of baptism and depreciation of confession , with faith and
repentance thrown in ... But love is a prerequisite to baptism , and it is the
greatest of them all .

Annual Session of the Baptist Congress