Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of December 21, 2014:
[IV] THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM
IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD
What gifts or benefits does Baptism bestow?
Answer: It effects forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and grants eternal salvation to all who believe, as the Word and promise of God declare.
What is this Word and promise of God?
Answer: As recorded in Mark 16:16, our Lord Christ said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
 Tappert, T. G. (Ed.). (1959). The Book of Concord The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. (p. 348). Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press.