Over the next few weeks, we will hear sermons that cover the basic doctrinal beliefs of our church, as found in the Grace Bible Church constitution. In this sermon, I’ve began our series with a look at the Lord’s Supper, and what we believe about it. You may notice that my sermons are not exclusively limited to the assertions of our statement of faith, but usually focus on a specific passage or person who presents a good springboard to get us into the particular doctrine under consideration. (Also, note that this portion of our doctrinal statement addresses both Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, but we are only considering the latter in this sermon.) Today, we join a church in Corinth, pastored by a slave named Stephanos, who bears a heavy burden in his heart for the health of his church, and a letter in his pocket from the Apostle, Paul…
Blessings, Pastor Ken
The Two Ordinances of the Church
We believe there are but two ordinances commanded of the church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that baptism is an ordinance to be administered upon a personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ, and is to be done by immersion, except in cases where such a mode is physically impractical. While we do not believe that God’s grace and salvation are mechanistically dispensed to any who simply participate in the ordinances, we do acknowledge that He consistently pours His gracious blessings upon all who by faith, in obedience and trust, sincerely observe them. (Matt 28:19, Luke 22:19, 1 Cor 11:23-26)
Therefore, we treat the ordinances of baptism and of the Lord’s Supper with the utmost seriousness and attention to biblical detail, and enjoin all who participate to do so only after prayer and personal, spiritual preparation. The Grace Bible Church Constitution, Article II
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