Whilst Common Worship (2000) provides a Book of Common Prayer Communion (BCP) in modern English, sadly there is no such provision for the BCP baptism service. For some Anglican evangelicals this may not seem to be a particularly regrettable omission.
There are those who might not be persuaded of the biblical mandate for baptising infants, whilst others might have concerns over some of the language used that may appear to affirm 'baptismal regeneration'.
This booklet is an attempt not only to engage with those questions and concerns but also to proffer an enthusiastic support for the theology and liturgical content of the BCP Baptism service. It has a great emphasis on the covenantal grace of God which encourages Christian parents to "doubt not - but earnestly believe" in God's faithfulness and mercy. In so doing it directs our primary focus to our promise-keeping God and not to ourselves.
Revd Mark Pickles is an Anglican minister. After serving two curacies in Chester diocese, he was vicar of Christchurch Wharton before moving to Duffield near Derby, in 2000. In 2014, he joined the Faculty at Oak Hill as the Director for Anglican Training and in 2018 he took up the role of Director of the North West Gospel Partnership. He is a member of the Latimer Trust Council. He is married to Diane and they have three children.
ISBN and Pages
978-1906327-66-8 - 50 pages