Last week we talked about the basic ministries through which the local church seeks to fulfill is purpose. We said at one point that the original reformation idea was that a local church had two basic ministries in order to be called a church of God: 1. Preaching of God’s Word and 2. Administration of the sacraments. This week we are going to talk about what are sacraments (also called ordinances by some) and we will talk in detail about two of them: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
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– Class Discussion for Week 6
– Read: Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, pp. 950-1002 (Ch 48, 49 & 50)
For Further Study:
- What is the difference between ordinances and sacraments?
- The Ordinances of the Church (Baptist)
- The Sacraments: A Reformed Perspective
- Sacraments of the Catholic Church
What are the sacraments or ordinances?
NT Wright on Baptism
Why Baptize Infants? (A Reformed Perspective)
Why and How We Celebrate the Lord’s Supper
Baptism & Introduction to the Lord’s Supper