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:
It requires Christ’s incarnation: “My body . . . My blood” (Matthew 26:26–29).
It demands Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice: “for you” (Luke 22:19).
Recently the Pope was in town (you already know this) prompting many discussions regarding Christians and Catholics. One question developed, “Can a Christian participate in Catholic Mass?” This may be a simple answer, but when someone responds, “Why?” I think we need a biblical response. Why is it not okay to participate in Mass?
Think about this from someone who says, “Yes, what’s the problem?” Here is the argument. Often the priests and people do not share similar views regarding Mass and therefore a person may partake with the right heart and theology despite the fact that leadership communicates a wrong theology.… Continue reading
I know that if you are visiting our blog today (04 July 2014) and you see that the guy posting is a retiree from our nation’s premier fighting force; you would expect to see a patriotic post extolling the virtues of all things American. I must admit in most cases you would probably be right but lately I have been giving much more thought to my citizenship in Heaven as the church I serve (Stansbury Park Baptist Church) has been going through a Sunday School series on membership in the local church. And in the same way that as Americans we participate in activities to celebrate being American there is at least one activity of the local church which I believe celebrates our being Christians.… Continue reading