Q44: What Is Baptism?

New City Catechism: Question 44


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with David Bisgrove, Lead Pastor of the Westside Congregation at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, answers the question, "What is baptism?”


Matthew 28:19 (ESV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question forty-four with the following answer: baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our adoption into Christ, our cleansing from sin, and our commitment to belong to the Lord and to His church.


David said baptism signifies our unity with Jesus—His death and resurrection. It also means we participate in community with other believers. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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We can look back on our baptism as a reminder that we are united with Christ and now belong to a community of faith. It gives us assurance of God’s presence in our lives and of our membership in God’s family.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Matthew 28:19. Take a moment to reflect on baptism. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of baptism, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Matthew 28:19. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you reflect on or participate in baptism.



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