My children were baptized in a Presbyterian church, using a Baptismal Liturgy from the PC(USA) Book of Order. I had some difficulty explaining the Biblical basis of the liturgy to a relative, especially the section in which the Congregation vows to “guide and nurture” the child:

The minister addresses the congregation: Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture N. and N. by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging them to know and follow Christ and to be faithful members of his church? The people respond: We do. PC(USA) Book of Order, 1993

My question then is, what is the Biblical basis for this Congregational vow?

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    By which you mean What does the PCUSA take as its basis? Feb 19 '19 at 16:22
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    Yes, as the author and publisher of their own Book of Order, I am asking what they based that particular vow upon... Thanks...
    – Laurent R.
    Feb 19 '19 at 16:46
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    Good question. A lot of things in the Book of Order have a long historical precedent, often stretching back to the 1780s, but this section seems to be much newer – finding out when it was added, and the arguments made for adding it, will make for a good answer. Feb 19 '19 at 22:41

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