Why Baptizing Your Child Matters

Wipf & Stock, 2014
ISBN: 9781625643995


This book is written for young families. It avoids the baptism debate while graciously presenting the story of God’s faithful provision, protection, and promise of deliverance for his people given through the sign of the covenant. Beginning with Adam and continuing through Abraham—where the covenant is ratified and developed in the forming of the nation of Israel—it traces through the Scripture 1) God’s common grace for all people, 2) his covenant grace for believers and their children received through the sign of the covenant, and 3) his saving grace applied through faith. The reader is shown how the same levels of grace are given in a deeper and fuller way upon the finished work of Jesus Christ. The themes of provision, protection, and deliverance are applied to our present day. The book concludes by taking the reader through five questions commonly asked of parents and congregations during the baptism ceremony.

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Key Features

  • Discusses the way God cares for his people through the subject of baptism
  • Addresses the big questions surrounding child baptism
  • Provides ample scriptural background to support the thesis of the volume
  • Examines the five questions present in a baptism ceremony


  • To Be Known
  • Why Abraham Matters
  • The Making of a Nation
  • The Coming of Christ
  • Same Seal, New Sign
  • The Baptism Service

Praise for the Print Edition

What a wonderful book! This isn’t just a book about baptizing children, it’s a book about God’s graciousness and care for his people. Read it and give it to every family you know. They will rise up and call you blessed! And you’ll rise up and call me blessed for commending it to you.

—Steve Brown, professor emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary, FL

Using a rich biblical theology of the gospel of grace, Bob practically explains how parents should view having their child brought under God’s umbrella of grace. Bob’s years of pastoral ministry and leadership make this a winning resource. Why Baptizing Your Child Matters is helpful, thoughtful, and sound. I recommend you get this book!

—Tom Wood, president, CMM, Inc.

Product Details

  • Title: Why Baptizing Your Child Matters: Understanding the Benefits of Covenant Baptism
  • Author: Robert H. Orner
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 62
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Theology
  • Topic: Practical Life

About Robert H. Orner

Robert H. Orner is the dean of students and a guest lecturer of practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and has served churches in the United States for over a quarter century.

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