This past Lord's Day I visited a local Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) with my family and took home a copy of the below booklet to read over. This is a well organized little booklet that lays out a five-step explanation for infant baptism. In the booklet each step below is explained with supportive scripture passages and really presents a compelling case for infant baptism - though those who hold a dispensational view of scripture will perhaps automatically disagree.
- The church of the O.T. and the church of the N.T. are, in essence, the same church
- God regards the children of believers as members of this church
- In the O.T. era, the children of believers were given the covenant sign of circumcision
- In the N.T. era, God has taken the sign of circumcision and changed it to baptism
- Therefore in the N.T. era, the children of believers are to be given the sign of baptism
This booklet did a good job of piquing my interest in reading more about the biblical basis for infant baptism and I placed an order over at Reformation Heritage Books for the items below.
- Christian Baptism by John Murray
- The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism by P&R Publishing
- Infant Baptism: Scriptural and Reasonable by Samuel Miller
As I slug my way through these books perhaps I'll post a succinct review to my blog. Until then...