BI172 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Why Do Christians Disagree about Baptism?

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In Problems in Bible Interpretation: Why Do Christians Disagree on Baptism? (BI172), Dr. Michael Heiser highlights the fundamental areas of debate concerning an important rite of the church. Then he identifies a common cause for these disagreements—namely, unclear language regarding the relationship between baptism and salvation. He examines three of the most prominent historic confessions of the Reformed tradition in order to understand where the confusion originates from. To help us sort through these issues, Dr. Heiser offers a key hermeneutical principle, which can enable us to better articulate a clear and biblical defense of baptism (infant or adult) as well as justify a particular mode of baptism—whether sprinkling, pouring, or immersion—without violating the purity of the gospel of Jesus.

Introduction

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

4m

Issues Related to the Recipients

Reasons for Disagreements

Reasons for Disagreements

8m

Solutions to the Problems of Recipient and Rationale

Framing the Discussion in Light of Colossians 2:8–12

Framing the Discussion in Light of Colossians 2:8–12

4m

Issues Related to the Mode of Baptism

Overview of the Argument

Overview of the Argument

4m

Application to Controversial Passages

The Hermeneutical Key to Understanding Baptism

The Hermeneutical Key to Understanding Baptism

1m

Conclusion

Course Summary

Course Summary

3m