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Believer's Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ (New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology)

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Is believer’s baptism the clear teaching of the New Testament Scriptures? What are the historical and theological challenges to believer’s baptism? What are the practical applications for believer’s baptism today? Volume two in the NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY STUDIES IN BIBLE & THEOLOGY (NACSBT) series for pastors, advanced Bible students, and other deeply committed layper ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by B&H Academic
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viktor palenyy
I must say I am rating the WHOLE book a bit prematurely. I mean here to express the gratitude I have for the writings Stephen J. Wellum. I read his essay within this volume and I must say it brought a new level of clarity in understanding the organic and progressive nature of the covenants and Christ's role in fulfilling them and bringing them about. Well worth the read.

PS and if you enjoyed this essay I would recommend Wellum/Gentry's new book "Kingdom Through Covenant" for a closer exposition
Lindsay Kennedy
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I know that my own study of this issue isn't over, but Believer's Baptism has played an important role in confirming my belief in credobaptism. The scholarship is solid and thoughtful, particularly so in Stein and Wellum's contributions. I'm very grateful that the conclusion of the book was not merely something like, "baptism is good but not necessary and the paedobaptists are wrong". Instead, the importance of baptism was shown
I'm not sure why I expected more from a book defending an indefensible sectarian position on Baptism...but for some reason I was. By the time I finished Wellum's essay on the covenants it took all my will power to finish the book, because I'd lost all hope at that point. I've picked up a number of books defending "Believer's Baptism" over the years, but they've all espoused such pathetic arguments, poor exegesis, textual selectivity, and historical ignorance that I've continued to wonder how Bap ...more
Aug 12, 2013 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Baptism is perhaps the most divisive issue of faith and practice in the Christian church, so a book, such as Believer’s Baptism is sure to be received as decisive blow against paedobaptism by the Baptists, but as a non sequitur by the paedobaptists. While a convinced Baptist myself, I attend a paedobaptist church, so I’m in the unenviable position of being caught in the middle. It is true, and undeniable that the paedobaptist tradition—specifically the Presbyterians, have a near monopoly on the ...more
Ryan Linkous
This book contains several great scholarly defenses for Believer's Baptism including NT studies, historical analysis, biblical theological, systematic theological, and ecclesiological arguments for believer's baptism. The whole book is worth Stephen Wellum's chapter, "Baptism and the Relationship Between the Covenants," in which he demonstrates how paedobaptists (and those who admit unregenerate children as members) fail to understand key distinctions between the old and new covenant based on pr ...more
A helpful overview. Chapters on the new covenant, baptism in the patristics, "Confessor Baptism," the baptismal theology of Meredith Kline, and the practice of baptism in the local church were particularly helpful.

The content seemed particularly focused on Reformed Presbyterians and defended against their arguments for infant baptism. I would have appreciated a more thorough response to Lutheran, RC, and Orthodox justifications for infant baptism as well.
This was the book that convinced me to become a paedobaptist. The arguments are well thought out and exceptionally researched, which allowed me to really confront the issues I was struggling with at the time - especially the chapters by Wellum, Rainbow, and Garrett. This is probably the best book on credo-baptism out there. They really show the inconsistencies with the typical, presbyterian view of paedobaptism, and had I not already been studying other paedobaptist traditions, it well may have ...more
Mark A Powell
Whom should be baptized? The authors of this book craft a solid, well-defended argument in favor of confessor’s baptism—the idea that only those who capably profess faith in Christ are candidates for baptismal waters—over and against infant baptism. The essays range in their helpfulness (with Wellum’s standing as the strongest) yet the entire book is helpful in laying out the biblical foundation for credobaptism. The exegetical and logical conclusions drawn here warrant attentive reflection.
Jacob McGill
I'm currently struggling to hold onto this baptist belief. I was an obnoxious, staunch baptist when I read this book, and loved it. 3 years later, I am wanting to join the anglican/episcopal tradition, and seeing how little they interacted with the Lutheran, Anglican, and Catholic positions of baptism. This book is blinded by their authors who are more friendly toward PCA churches, and not so much with others; they only see Presbyterian views on baptism as important to critique.
Brian Watson
This is an excellent multi-author book on baptism. It covers pretty much all of the bases, from careful exegesis of the New Testament to an examination of the covenants to historical theology. I wish it had a more careful answer to paedobaptists' use of Acts 2:39 and how new covenant membership is constituted. Still, it's probably the best book out there on baptism from a Baptist perspective.
Todd Miles
This is the single-most valuable resource on baptism that I have ever read. It provides a criticism of paedo-baptism at the exegetical and biblical theological levels. Wellum's article is outstanding. There is even a helpful contribution by Ardell Candeday on the Stone-Campbell movement with some clarification on the baptismal regeneration position commonly attributed to Campbell.
Alasdair Peterson
Outstanding book on Believer's baptism, with several excellent and nuanced chapters. Stephen Wellum's is perhaps worth the price of the book alone. Puts forth both a positive case for the restriction of baptism to those who have made a profession of faith and also a critique of the most commonly used arguments in favour of paedobaptism from a broadly reformed perspective.
Read Wellum’s article (chap 4). He gives a good summary of the classic reformed (my) position before his critique. I would say his article was one of the better works I read from a credo standpoint when working through the issue myself. Rest of the book was so so…
Ryan Wood
Helpful, thorough, and biblical book on baptism. If you're looking to do some in-depth study on the subject, this is an excellent resource to use.
Overall good. Comprehensive. It is hard to refute the position of a believers baptism after reading this book.
Robert H. Stein's contribution "Baptism in Luke-Acts" is superb. The entire book is worthwhile.
One of the best books available for articulating the Baptist view of baptism. Highly recommended.
Would have much preferred a 3.5 but it is not a 3.
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Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including New Testament Theology; Magnifying God in Christ; Apostle of God's Glory in Christ; and Romans in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.
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