F O U N D A T I O N S 50 he gave to the church by entrusting it with the keys of the kingdom. We may approach them only with the utmost reverence. Baptism 62 Baptism is a command of Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” In obedience to this commission, the church commu- nity offers baptism to every person who believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ and whose repentance comes from the heart, bearing fruit in deeds. In order to receive believer’s baptism as instituted by Christ for the forgiveness of sins, a person must have reached the age of accountability. Anyone who has been commissioned by the church community may baptize people as John the Baptist did, “with water.” Then he will lay his hands on the newly baptized and pray that Jesus will fill them with “power from on high” – with the Holy Spirit. 63 The form of baptism was set by Christ himself: washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Immersion in water symbolizes dying, being reborn, and rising with Christ to a new life of righteousness, through Christ’s victory on the cross. Matt 16:19; 18:18–20 1 Cor 11:27–32 Heb 10:19–25; 12:28–29 Matt 28:19–20 nrsv Mark 16:15–16; Acts 2:38–41 Matt 3:7–8; Acts 26:19–20 Rom 1:16 Matt 3:1–11 Luke 24:49 Acts 10:44–48 Matt 28:19 Rom 6:1–14; Gal 2:20