Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Church Jesus Built #4 The Ordinances

The Ordinances of the Church



We may define an ordinance as an outward rite appointed by Christ to be administered in the Church as a visible sign of the saving truth of the Christian faith. – Henry Thiessen in Lectures in Systematic Theology

The New Testament prescribes two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper


Definition: baptisma (N), baptizo (V)
AV - baptism 22; 22
1) immersion, submersion
1c) of Christian baptism; a rite of immersion in water as commanded by Christ, by which one after confessing his sinsand professing his faith in Christ, having been born again by the Holy Spirit unto a new life, identifies publicly with the fellowship of Christ and the church.
Transliterated from the Greek, not translated.

Four Essentials of Proper Baptism

Proper Candidate

Candidate for Baptism must be saved.
Scripture Acts 8:35-38, Acts 2:41
Infant baptism is not Biblically valid. It began as a heresy that said since baptism was necessary for salvation, then babies must be baptized or they could not be saved if they died young.

Proper Mode or Method

Candidate must be immersed only
It fits the definition: To immerse
It fits the symbolism: Baptism represents the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
Scripture Romans 6:4, Acts 8:38, Matthew 3:6, 3:16

Proper Motive

Candidate must have the proper reason
Baptism is to show the gospel of Jesus Christ 1 Cor 15:3-4
To show our own death, burial and resurrection in Jesus Christ Rom 6:4
To show our identification with Jesus Christ Rom 6:5
To follow Christ example Matt 3:15
To obey Christ Matt 28:19-20

Improper motives
For Salvation  Acts 16:30-32, Luke 23:39-43, 1 Cor. 1:17
To wash away sin(s) 1 Peter 3:21

Proper Authority

Candidate must be baptized by the proper authority
Great Commision was to the local church  Matt 28:19-20
Paul baptized by the authority of a local church Acts 13:2-3
Phillip commissioned by local church Acts 6:5-6

Lord's Supper

Four Essentials of the Lord's Supper

Proper Candidate

A candidate for the Lord’s supper must be a member of the local church, under the authority of that local church
Scripture 1Cor 5:11, 11:20-22, 33

Proper Mode or Method

Grape juice (fruit of the vine) and unleavened bread.
Scripture: Luke 22:17-18, Exodus 12:15

Proper Motive

A symbolic memorial, there is no saving merit imparted.
1Corinthians 11:24-26

Proper Authority

The local church in assembly
Scripture 1Corinthians 11:20-33


The nation of Israel had 7 feasts which would remind them of their history, the heritage and their God. Jesus left the church two ordinances for the same purpose.
Each time we see a baptism it reminds us of our own death, burial and resurrection and of the gospel of Jesus is pictured for all to see.
At the Lord’s Table we memorialize the day Jesus shed His blood and His body was broken for us.
In these ordinances we see our history, heritage and Savior. They define us and hold us to the truths that make us the Lord’s Church.

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