The Gift Of Baptism


In this talk, Tim begins with some apologetics on baptism with regard
to:

a. How do you baptize? In what name? Is it Jesus’ name alone? Is it in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
b. Why baptize babies?
c. Why is baptism necessary for salvation, when the Bible teaches we are “justified by faith apart from the works of law.” In this point Tim will get to the heart of the matter. He will first dispel the notion that “apart from the works of law” excludes works in any sense. It does not. He then moves on to explain that the Sacrament of Baptism is a completely unmerited gift of grace using the example of a Catholic who receives this great gift when he or she can do nothing but lay there. Baptizing babies is the perfect example of just how much of and great of a gift baptism is.

From there, Tim explains the gift of baptism in detailed theological terms
with regard to two major categories:

a. In terms of the gifts and graces we receive.
b. In terms of the power and accompanying responsibilities the gift brings with it. In the words of Tim’s favorite theologian of our time, Uncle Ben from the movie
Spider-man: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Tim then concludes his remarks with a challenge from I Peter 3:15 and CCC 900, which charges all of us, by virtue of the sacraments of baptism and confirmation that we have received, with both the “duty and the obligation” to both know and evangelize our Faith.


Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during...