The sacrament of Holy Baptism by Water is the first and fundamental communication of the grace of the triune God to human beings. Holy Baptism by Water washes away original sin. As a result the baptised person receives a share in the merits of Christ and is brought for the first time into a close relationship with God. He/she becomes a Christian, and so is adopted into the community of those who believe in Christ and confess him as Lord.
Children too can receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism by Water. When children are baptised, their parents confess their faith in the Gospel. This practice is based on the realisation that children must not be excluded from the blessings of God, because they too are in need of the grace of the Lord.
The baptism administered in other Christian churches is acknowledged as being valid, provided that it is administered in due form, in the name of the triune God and with water.