For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.
Mailbag #86: Considering the Danger, Should Muslim-Background Believers Be Baptized . . . My Friends Who Want to Be Pastors Think Polity Is Boring. How Can I Help Them?By A. Menikoff, A. Duty | 07.12.2019
— Should we encourage Muslim-background believers to be baptized, even when it endangers their lives? — My friends want to be pastors. But they have no interest in polity. How can I help them see its importance?
Mailbag #85: Should I Baptize Young People in My Congregation? . . . Is Intinction a Biblical Practice?By B. Johnson, J. Rinne | 06.28.2019
—How should pastors think about baptizing young people? — Is the practice of intinction biblical?
A church should not baptize young people apart from church membership. To do so is unbiblical, unhelpful, and unloving.
A man who was baptized as a believer wants to join our credobaptist church, though he is paedobaptistic and cannot affirm the church’s statement of faith on believer’s baptism. Should the elders of the church recommend this man to the church for membership?
In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan are joined by Bobby Jamieson to discuss practical questions about baptism and its connection to the local church.
Baptism is an authorized declaration of the credibility of someone’s confession, not just a private judgment about whether we think someone is a Christian.
In every case, a church ought to be careful, weeding through words to attempt to discern the motivation behind a profession of faith―in other words, its credibility.
What should you say to the family of a young child who wants to be baptized?
The task of the church can be described in all sorts of ways, but one of the most evocative is this: we are called to live the exodus.
Is “mere Christianity”—the conviction that we should focus on only what’s essential to being a Christian—really the path toward true Christian unity? Does it guard the gospel over time?
— To what degree should a man’s past life—perhaps even before his conversion—affect how we consider his qualification for ministry? — Should young children who have been baptized but left out of church membership be given the Lord’s Supper?
The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century restored the gospel to the sacraments and the sacraments to the congregation.
Luther and his fellow Protestant reformers changed the course of church history. How so? Let me name four.
Ecclesiology can’t be assumed nor should it be considered a distraction to the church planter’s “mission.”