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Biblical Baptism (Leahy)

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What does Baptism signify? Why does God ask us to practice it? Answering these fundamental questions helps us answer the more commonly asked questions—such as "Should I baptize my baby?" and "What about immersion?"

Leahy not only asks all the important questions, but also answers them biblically, succinctly, and kindly. He addresses common objections to the baptism of infants and to the practice of sprinkling or pouring water, in contrast to immersion. He deals with related issues, including the continuity of the covenants and the similarities and differences between baptism and circumcision.


Table of Contents:

1. The Child in the Old Testament Church

The Centrality of the Cross

The Covenant of Grace

Children of the Covenant

2. The Meaning of Baptism

The Inner Washing

The Great Reality

An Important Question

3. The Subjects of Baptism

A Spiritual Sign

The Present Sign

Holy Children

God’s Sovereignty in Regeneration

Presumption Excluded

The Faith of Parents

Infants Blessed

4. The Mode of Baptism

Various Baptisms

Baptism and Burial

Immersion Not Proven

5. Objections to Infant Baptism


A. The Continuity of the Covenants

B. Covenant Continuity in Hebrews

C. One Covenant of Grace

D. Circumcision and Baptism



Born in Ireland, Frederick Leahy (1922-2006) prepared for the ministry at the Free Church College, Edinburgh, and Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids. He joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1953 and served three of its congregations until his retirement in 1988. In 1967 his gifts as a theological teacher were recognized by his denomination in his appointment to the chair of Systematic Theology, Apologetics and Christian Ethics in the Reformed Theological College, Belfast. He also served as Principal of the College from 1993 to 2002.