Jesus Baptism — Inaugurating His Ministry

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imagesWhy was Jesus baptized? Out of all the issues presented in the Gospels this one can be troublesome on the surface if we interpret Jesus baptism like our own. Jesus is fully God and fully man. Never was He in sin, have sin, or commit sin. In fact, being God makes Him holy, pure, undefiled, and righteous. Yet He is fully man, just like you and me. He ate, slept, got tired, stressed, had a full range of emotions, was tempted, and yet He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15).

So why does a blameless man, fully God, need to “confess His sins before the body and associate with His own death, burial, and resurrection; and then be immersed in water?” Answer, He doesn’t.… Continue reading

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Why Do We Observe the Lord’s Supper?

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God appointed two ordinances to the church: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also called the Lord’s Table and Communion). Baptism consists of the declaration of one’s salvation, of being “in Christ Jesus” by faith.

Baptism symbolizes our commitment of faith;
the Lord’s Supper symbolizes our obligation to brotherly love and to the “one anothers.”

Baptism is our Godward obedience;
the Lord’s Supper is our brotherward obedience.

The Lord’s Supper provides a picture of the full program of redemption:

  1. It requires Christ’s incarnation: “My body . . . My blood” (Matthew 26:26–29).
  2. It demands Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice: “for you” (Luke 22:19).
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Back to the Basics: Baptism

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Note: This post is written from the Believer’s or Credo Baptism point of view. For a more exhaustive treatment of this subject I would recommend the following book; Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Shreiner & Shawn Wright.

Deployed BaptismI have recently had the opportunity to address the subject of local church membership in a Sunday School series within the context of the local church which I serve, Stansbury Park Baptist Church. In the process there have been one or two “back to basics” type lessons we have had and one of those was concerning baptism; so I thought that if this was an issue that was important to a local church filled with faithful followers of Christ, then it might make for a good post here at Parking Space 23.… Continue reading

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The Church as Community: Expressed through the Ordinances

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theLordsSupperYesterday 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

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