The Christianity Explored DVD, presented by the Revd Rico Tice, is an excellent tool in preparing parents bringing children for baptism - cc usually shows one of the programmes from the 2005 version.
The problem cc has encountered in baptism preparation is the postmodern mindset. Despite the clarity of Mr Tice's presentation of the Christian message and its rebuttal of the 'my truth, your truth' mentality, the postmodern mind somehow or other manages to construct a firewall of uncertainty against the gospel: "Fine if you want to believe that, and I sort of do, but in a more balanced, tolerant way."
However, that mental firewall finds it much more difficult to stand up against the baptismal promises of the liturgy. They are so personal and unequivocal and the parent is about to get up and say them in public:
I renounce the deceit and corruption of evil; I reject the devil and all rebellion against God; I repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour; I turn to Christ as Saviour; I submit to Christ as Lord; I come to Christ the way, the truth and the life.
These fuller promises in the Common Worship liturgy, particularly the one about Jesus being the only way to God, are a vast improvement on the Alternative Service Book. They enable the minister to explain to parents what it is Jesus saves us from and the entailment in baptism to renounce any other putative path to salvation
A new orthodox Anglican venture in the UK would be well advised to adopt the Common Worship promises in its prayer book. It is to be hoped that it will have a standard liturgy, based largely though not exclusively on the Book of Common Prayer rendered in modern English.
Your curate has found biblically faithful liturgy to be a powerful weapon for the gospel.
This piece - Jesus & the GCSE generation - appeared on ConservativeHome.