Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission
of the party baptized into the visible Church; but also, to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of
grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God
through Jesus Christ, to walk in the newness of life. Which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to
be continued in His Church until the end of the world.
The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized, in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a minister of the Gospel, lawfully called
Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary; but Baptism is rightly administered by pouring or
sprinkling water upon the person.
Not only those that do actually profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, but also the infants of one
or both believing parents, are to be baptized.
Although it be a great sin to contemn or neglect this ordinance, yet grace and salvation are not so
inseparably annexed unto it, as that no person can be regenerated or saved without it; or, that all that
are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated.
The efficacy of Baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administered; yet
notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinance, the grace promised is not only offered, but really
exhibited and conferred, by the Holy Ghost, to such (whether of age or infants) as that grace belongeth
unto, according to the counsel of God’s own will, in His appointed time.
The sacrament of Baptism is but once to be administered unto any person.