To assist you in learning and abiding by a biblical worldview, over the next several months I will highlight various sections of our doctrinal statement. Last month we looked at our beliefs on God’s Purpose of Grace and the Church. This month we will highlight the doctrines of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Day, and the Kingdom.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER: Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believers death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lords Supper. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (Mt 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mk 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Lk 3:21-22; 22:19-20; Jn 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Rom 6:3-5; 1Cor 10:16, 21; 11:23-29; Col 2:12)
THE LORD'S DAY: The first day of the week is the Lords Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and by refraining from worldly amusements, and resting from secular employments, work of necessity and mercy only being excepted. (Ex 20:8-11; Mt 12:1-12; 28:1; Mk 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Lk 24:1-3, 33-36; Jn 4:21-24; 20:1, 19-28; Acts 20:7; 1Cor 16:1-2; Col 2:16; 3:16; Rev 1:10)
THE KINGDOM: The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and Gods will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age. (Gen 1:1; Is 9:6-7; Jer 23:5-6; Mt 3:2; 4:8-10, 23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mk 1:14-15; 9:1; Lk 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; Jn 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Rom 5:17; 8:19; 1Cor 15:24-28; Col 1:13; Heb 11:10, 16; 12:28; 1Pet 2:4-10; 4:13; Rev 1:6, 9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22)
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Last Sunday's Sermon
Last Sunday, August 17, 2014, Pastor Jimmy preached a sermon on the topic of serving as a Deacon in our church. We are in the process of nominating individuals to serve in the position of Deacon, and this sermon was designed to provide both information about the Deacon ministry, and the process we will follow.
On-Line Resource for all Members!
Our church has enrolled in an online Bible Study Resource that will give us access to hundreds of video Bible studies by well-known and trusted teachers and preachers. The media portions of these studies can be accessed, streamed from your phone, pad, laptop, desktop, or TV, and used by individuals, couples, families, small groups, etc at NO COST to you. You may choose whether or not to purchase any supporting print materials that go along with the studies.
Studies are divided into the following categories: Youth, Adult Small Groups, Work, Family, Marriage, Men, Women, Bible Characters, and Video Illustrations. To check out the available studies, go to rightnowmedia.org. After clicking on the Login button in the upper right-hand corner, enter firstname.lastname@example.org in the Email Address box and then enter jimmy in the Password box. Under the Browse Media tab, click on the category you would like to view. Then click on the particular study you are interested in. To find out what print resources go along with the study, click on the orange button labeled Books, Workbooks, and Handouts. If you are interested in engaging in one of the studies, contact the pastor (458-5134) and he will add you as a user in the system. This is an excellent resource that offers unlimited topics of study.