Whether candidates are able to respond for themselves, or parents and godparents respond on behalf of infants, the demands should be the same: a renunciation of evil, an expression of belief in God as Trinity (preparing for baptism in the name of the Trinity), and a promise to be a faithful disciple. In modern versions, the questions and answers are generally more extensive. Additionally, in the case of infants, modern versions have tended to add questions to parents and godparents about their own faith and their willingness to sponsor and support the children. In 3.2 the congregation joins with the sponsors in confessing the faith into which the person is being baptised. 3.3 provides the same pattern of responses for those able to answer for themselves. 3.4 combines elements of 3.1 and 3.2 in a more simplified form. This version makes following Jesus more explicitly the context in which to obey God's commands. 3.5 is a version of 3.4 for candidates able to answer for themselves. 3.6 expands the questions and answers and asks the congregation to support the candidates in their response to Christ. It also offers the Baptismal Creed in an interrogative form.

3.1

Are you yourself a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of his church, sincerely believing the promises of God?
I am.
Are you willing to sponsor this child, answering for him now, and accepting responsibility for his Christian upbringing?
I am willing.

I ask you now to answer in the name of this child:
Do you renounce the devil and all his works,
the empty display and false values of the world,
and the sinful desires of the flesh,
so that you will not follow nor be led by them?
I renounce them all.
Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth?
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord?
And that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary;
that he suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
that he went down to the place of the dead,
and also rose again the third day?
That he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty,
and from there shall come to judge the living and the dead?
And do you believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting?
All this I firmly believe.
Will you keep God's holy will and commandments, and serve him faithfully throughout your life?
With his help I intend to do so.

An Australian Prayer Book (Order 1 [Infants])

3.2

Those who bring young children to be baptised must declare, on behalf of the children, allegiance to Christ and rejection of all that is evil: the devil and all his works, the empty display and false values of the world, and the sinful desires of the flesh.
Therefore I ask you to answer on behalf of this child,
Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.
Do you repent of your sins?
I repent of my sins.
Do you renounce evil?
I renounce evil.
Almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness, and lead you in the light of Christ to his everlasting kingdom. Amen.

This child has been brought for baptism. Let us all now profess the faith into which he is to be baptised and in which he is to be brought up.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

I now ask you to answer in the name of this child,
Do you profess this faith?
I do.
Do you ask for baptism in this faith?
I do.
Will you, with God's help, strive to keep his holy will and commandments
and serve him faithfully throughout your life?
I will.

An Australian Prayer Book (Order 2 [Infants])

3.3

Those who are to be baptised [and confirmed] must declare their allegiance to Christ and their rejection of all that is evil: the devil and all his works, the empty display and false values of the world, and the sinful desires of the flesh.
Therefore I ask you,
Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.
Do you repent of your sins?
I repent of my sins.
Do you renounce evil?
I renounce evil.
Almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness, and lead you in the light of Christ to his everlasting kingdom. Amen.

You have come here to be baptised [and confirmed]. You must now profess the faith into which you are to be baptised, as we all confess together:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

I now ask you
Do you profess this faith?
I do.
Will you, with God's help, strive to keep his holy will and commandments
and serve him faithfully throughout your life?
I will.
Do you ask for baptism in the faith you have professed?
I do.

An Australian Prayer Book (Order 2 [Adults] modified)

3.4

Are you yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, trusting the gracious promises of God?
I am.
Are you willing to sponsor these children, answering for them now and accepting responsibility for their Christian upbringing in the life of the Church?
I am willing.
I ask you now to answer in the name of these children:
Do you turn away from your sins, the Devil and all evil?
I turn away from them all.
Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.

These children have been brought for baptism. Let us all profess the faith into which they are to be baptised and nurtured.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

I ask you now to answer in the name of these children.
Do you profess this faith?
I do.
Will you follow Jesus faithfully, and obey his commands throughout your life?
With his help, I intend to do so.

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3.5

Those who present themselves for baptism must declare their allegiance to Christ and their rejection of all that is evil. So I ask:
Do you turn away from your sins, the Devil and all evil?
I turn away from them all.
Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.

You have come here to be baptised. You must now profess the faith into which you are to be baptised, as we all confess together:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

I ask you now
Do you profess this faith?
I do.
Will you follow Jesus faithfully, and obey his commands throughout your life?
With his help, I intend to do so.

Sunday Services (modified)

3.6

I invite the sponsors of these persons to present them for baptism.
We present name(s) to be baptised.
Will you accept the responsibilities placed upon you in bringing name/this child for baptism?
I will.
Are you willing to answer on behalf of name/this child?
I am.
By your prayers and example, by your friendship and love, will you encourage name/this child in the life and faith of the Christian community?
I will, with God's help.

Before God and this congregation, you must affirm that you turn to Christ and reject all that is evil:
Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.
Do you repent of your sins?
I repent of my sins.
Do you reject selfish living, and all that is false and unjust?
I reject them all.
Do you renounce Satan and all evil?
I renounce all that is evil.
Almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness, and lead you in the light of Christ to his everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Will you each, by God's grace, strive to live as a disciple of Christ, loving God with your whole heart, and your neighbour as yourself, until your life's end?
I will, with God's help.

You have heard these our brothers and sisters respond to Christ.
Will you support them in this calling?
We will.

I now ask you now to affirm as yours the faith of the Church.
Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in God the Son?
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith:
We believe in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

A Prayer Book for Australia

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