Christ our Saviour, in the Gospel of St. Matthew, hearing the confession of Simon Peter, who, first of all other, openly acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, and perceiving the secret hand of His Father therein, called him (alluding to his name) a rock, upon which rock He would build His Church so strong, that the gates of hell should not prevail against it. In which words three things are to be noted: First, that Christ will have a Church in this world. Secondly, that the same Church should mightily be impugned, not only by the world, but also by the uttermost strength and powers of all hell.… Continue reading
Yesterday at church I heard a great message by Nathan Busenitz on Ecclesiastes 11-12. After the message we celebrated communion and it was a great reminder of the Church as community. We celebrate many things as the covenant community when we participate in communion and also in baptism. Both are expressions of the covenant community to the world. The Lord’s Supper is an expression of celebration and baptism is an expression of the gospel to the world. This blog is a follow up to The Church as Community.
The Lord’s Supper: The Community Celebrates Christ Together
Christ Himself established the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of Jesus giving Himself up for us which is done in remembrance of Him (Luke 22:19).… Continue reading
What is the Church?
The Church is the covenant community made up of Jews and Gentiles whom Christ has purchased by His own blood (Eph 1:3-18). The Church is a collection of sinners who do not deserve the salvation that God has provided in Jesus (Eph 2:1-7). As a group of sinners the Church is united in belief (Eph 4:4-6) and ultimately seeks the glory of God (Eph 3:20-21).
In the letter to the Ephesian believers Paul used many illustrations for the Church. Paul refers to the church as the body of Christ (Eph 1:22-23). In other words, Jesus is the head, the leader, and the Lord of the Church.… Continue reading
I remember the day when “Joe” (not his real name) came into the rescue mission. I said, “Hello,” shook his hand, and introduced myself. He responded pleasantly and we began the service. Everything seemed normal. That is, until Joe began talking to the guy next to him. That’s really not uncommon at a rescue mission, but the only trouble was, the “guy” next to Joe was no guy at all. It was a sink. He was only whispering, and I figured to call him out would be a greater distraction than it was worth, so I let it go. As time went on, Joe became increasingly more distant from reality and his “conversations” became increasingly more regular and disruptive.… Continue reading