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).
In yesterday’s helpful post Uniformity or Unity, Jason unearthed an important issue for every Christian to consider; exposing what I agree is a common tendency among Christians to equate unity with uniformity.
Truth be told, I have never met a Christian who denied the importance of unity among Christians. Unity seems to be one of those things that all Christians see as important. Yet, I agree with Jason that the picture of unity that many Christians are striving for includes all kinds of requirements that Scripture itself does not prioritize and ultimately amounts to a community of people that look and think almost entirely alike. … Continue reading
Sometimes I wonder what kind of unity uniformity people are looking for in Christendom? Our Lord desires us to be unified (Ephesians 4:1-16). Has His desire been twisted in our approach and mindset so that we really define unity as uniformity? Let’s be honest, there are different circles in this world of Christians with different preferences, approaches, and theological convictions. There is the Charismatic, Baptist, Bible, Presbyterian, and Lutheran circle, to just name a tiny iota. Worship music and liturgy preferences define another group of circles. Now with these differences and the call to unity, how do we navigate these waters?… Continue reading