For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.
I’ve pastored my church for over twelve years. We’ve always had two morning services, and I never gave them much thought. Until . . .
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?
Mailbag #80: Should Pastors Discuss Past Sins? . . . Should Believers Ever Abstain from Communion? . . . Conducting Membership Interviews for Single WomenBy D. King, J. Joseph, M. McKinley | 04.12.2019
— How much should a pastor share about past sins? — When should believer’s abstain from the Lord’s Supper? — Should women do membership interviews for single women?
In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan asks Mark and Bobby a bunch of questions about the Lord’s Supper.
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.
— 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?
— Is preaching required in missionary contexts, or do Bible studies suffice? — “Closed communion” seems exclusive and arrogant. Is it in the Bible?
The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century restored the gospel to the sacraments and the sacraments to the congregation.
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.
If I were speaking to a room full of Christians concerned for the church in Iran, I tell them: “I intend to make the Lord’s Supper the key focus of my work with the local church.”