Baptism on the Bruderhof

Baptism by water symbolizes dying, being reborn, and rising to a new life in Christ. Through baptism, sins are washed away and a person is filled with the Holy Spirit. For Bruderhof members, baptism is an individual declaration of faith and the most important step that can be taken as a Christian. Baptism constitutes complete personal renewal. It involves repentance, seeking forgiveness for sins, and a commitment to follow Christ for life. As such, the decision to request baptism must be made as an adult.

Among those born into the Bruderhof, a request for baptism typically occurs in young adulthood, but it can happen for anyone at any stage of life. It is necessary to have been baptized to become a Bruderhof member, but we also support and can offer baptism for seeking Christians who are not planning to become members. All baptismal candidates undertake a period of study and prayerful preparation, meeting with pastors and other members to examine the meaning of this step. 

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“Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”

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from Foundations about baptism.

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