According to the command of our Lord Christ, all nations are to be baptized, therefore all living people, children as well as adults, in the following order:
- Those who can receive instruction are first to be taught the chief parts of Christian doctrine. After that, they are baptized, at which time they also confess their faith in Christ.
Assignment: Read Acts 8:26-39: Philip baptized the Ethiopian courtier.
- Those infants who are born to members of a Christian congregation, are first to be baptized and then instructed. Also those children, whose guardians give the congregation permission to instruct them in the Christian faith and to give them a Christian upbringing.