Probably more than any other religion Christianity, and Christians, enjoy debate and argument, and often debate and argue about the basics of the faith. Take for instance the sacraments and among Protestants and even Anglicans especially one in particular: Baptism. Questions on the topic abound, but as I think about the subject most, if not all, of them really ask just one; what is baptism?
Now I could say a lot about this, but I think Scripture gives us a very good answer to the question albeit an indirect one. The answer I have in mind is in the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Luke and John and in the Acts of the Apostles. According to John the Baptist, baptism is a work of Christ by The Spirit. Really, Jesus baptizes us and does so, as we might expect, through the means of His church; via her ministers. Whatever else that we might say about the sacrament of baptism, we have to say at least this: it is an act of God.