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 this post, I want to think through how we can talk to our kids about the sacraments. It’s one thing to explain them as something Jesus told us to do. It’s another to talk about them in a holistic, gospel-centered way so that they are … 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. The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus Christ to commemorate his death and is connected with ongoing covenant renewal. Matt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:23-26 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 new covenant people make up the universal church, the body of Christ. The universal church manifests itself in local churches, of which Christ is the Head. Local churches are gatherings of this new people who observe baptism and the Lord’s Supper and exercise the gifts, … 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 those of you who get worried when the word “Presbyterian” comes up), the RCA, or the EPC. I doubt I will ever baptize an infant, or have my children baptized as infants, so let me get those cards on the table now. I am a … 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) still continue to obey sin as a master? Baptism is a display of what Paul spoke of in 2:29, “But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter.” Baptism is an outward act … 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 our lead pastor and were able to align ourselves with the mission and vision of our church. That is significant, but more than that, I think membership in a local congregation is important; and I think there are texts in the New Testament that infer … Continue reading Why is local church membership important?