Parents, you have probably wondered where you begin when it comes to talking to your kids about sex and drugs and choosing friends and why nothing good happens in Taco Bell's parking lot after 11pm. I know I have. But have you ever wondered how to talk to them about baptism and the Lord's Supper? In … Continue reading Talking to Your Kids about the Sacraments
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances/sacraments to be observed by his church until his coming: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the Triune God and is connected with entrance into the new covenant community. … Continue reading This I Believe: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
God’s New People I believe that from all eternity, God ordained to redeem and justify a multitude of guilty sinners by grace through faith in Jesus Christ from all ages from every tribe, language, people, and nation. He has set his love on this people for no other reason than that he loves them. God’s … Continue reading This I Believe: God’s New People
Note: I have updated the first bullet point with a few thoughts from Doug Moo's commentary on Romans. I often joke that I am one sprinkled baby away from becoming a Presbyterian. Aside from infant baptism and their church governance structure, I am fairly aligned with most of the theological convictions of the PCA (the conservative branch for … Continue reading Thinking About Infant Baptism
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3) How could someone, Paul argues, who has died with Christ through the public display of baptism (the external display of an internal reality; the symbolic representation of our death and resurrection with Christ) … Continue reading Christian and Unbaptized? Unthinkable.
Church membership is something that the local church -- particularly my generation -- has black-eyed. It's too structured and too old school. It's not cool. It's just a way for the church to have a hand in your pocketbook. I couldn't disagree more. Carly and I recently went through our church membership class. We connected with … Continue reading Why is local church membership important?
After the last two posts, I thought it would be helpful if I quickly said why it's important for Christians to be baptized. Some people may assume that because I believe paedo-baptists are sinning (since they do not get baptized as believers) that they might be disqualified from salvation. I don't mean that. Belief in … Continue reading Why Should I Get Baptized?
In my last post, I wrote about the developing debate in the blogosphere regarding Mark Dever's comments that a proponent of infant baptism is sinning (though unintentionally and with sincerity of heart) and is therefore not welcome at the communion table. I will first address whether or not being a paedo-baptist is a sin, then … Continue reading Baptism, Communion, and Ignorant Sin, Part 2