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.”
Mailbag #62: How to Encourage Attendance at Members’ Meetings; The Relationship between Baptism & Church MembershipBy Jonathan Leeman | 05.19.2017
— Could you provide some wisdom for how to handle situations where members are consistently neglectful of attending members’ meetings? — I understand that baptism should precede church membership. But must membership always follow baptism?
These resources will give both church leaders and church members a clear and compelling vision of their role in God’s work.
— What are some of the pastoral principles, pitfalls, and guidelines when dealing with church members who doubt their baptism took place after their conversion? — A church member wants his daughter to be baptized twice, in two different churches. How should I respond? — As a church considers planting or revitalizing, how much should they take into account a building’s architecture?
— What should I do when my conviction is at odds with my church’s tradition (like baptizing young children)? — My wife doesn’t want me to be a pastor. Does that disqualify me?
— Is it okay for churches to require members to attend a second gathering? — I discovered a long-standing member has never been baptized. What do I do?
— How does your church care for an excommunicated member when they show up at church? — Can a person who wants to be a member of the church but is functionally at the level of a child be baptized?
1. Baptism identifies us with Christ. 2. Baptism doesn’t save; it announces salvation. 3. Baptism is an individual announcement. 4. Baptism is also a church announcement. 5. Baptism follows belief.