This booklet teaches readers why infant baptism is an essential practice for the Church. Ultimately, Reformed churches baptize infants because this practice heralds God’s glorious covenant promises. This visible proclamation of God’s word is a God-given means to cultivate biblical godliness in the Church, in parenting, and in the lives of our children. Ryan M. McGraw takes us beyond the question of whether infant baptism is right and shows us what difference it actually makes.
Why Baptize the Infants of Believers?
Baptism Is God’s Word
Baptism Is God’s Covenant Word
Baptism Is God’s Covenant Word to the Church
Why Does Infant Baptism Matter?
Why Should Infant Baptism Matter to the Church?
Why Should Infant Baptism Matter to Parents?
Why Should Infant Baptism Matter to Children?
“Writing with his characteristic clarity and warmth, Ryan McGraw has dispelled doubts and demystified infant baptism. What is often dismissed is here demonstrated to be entirely consistent with the spirit and truth of divine revelation—as that which both establishes our identity in Christ and assures us of the priority of the Father’s love —He loved us before we loved Him!”
—Liam Gohliger, senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
About the Author
Ryan M. McGraw is the Morton H. Smith Professor of Systematic Theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has written more than 10 books in RHB’s “Cultivating Biblical Godliness” series.