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Word, Water, and Spirit: A Reformed Perspective on Baptism

Fesko, J. V.

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Listen to an episode of Christ the Center entitled Word, Water, Spirit. (Reformed Forum)


Listen to J.V. Fesko's sermon from I Peter 3:21-22 The Flood and Baptism. (Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church)

WTS Description: Word, Water and Spirit is a comprehensive introduction to the Reformed doctrine of baptism. Part one looks at the history of the doctrine in seven chapters, ranging from the Patristic age to modern times. Part two is a biblical-theological survey, looking at the eschatological and covenantal aspects of the sacrament, with a special emphasis on baptism as judgment. Part three is a systematic-theological construction, with a view towards establishing and defending the means, mode, recipients and efficacy of baptism.

Readers looking for a defense of infant baptism will find that and much more. Using the concepts of covenant and canon, Fesko sets out a firm defense of the practice, but he also provides a constructive proposal for thinking about baptism in general and its implications for ecclesiology. This work is sure to add much needed light to an old debate, but it will also enable many paedobaptists to better articulate a practice they already firmly believe in.

480 Pages
Published October 2010

About the Author

J.V. Fesko is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and is also academic dean and associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California.

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