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The Ordinances of the Church

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The Ordinances of the Church
Clearing up the Confusion
Ordinance or Sacrament?
Sacraments
Ordinances
Clearing up Romanist Confusion
Roman Catholicism with Lutherans, and Orthodox churches view these 'sacraments' as salvific.
Signs and Seals of the New Covenant
Vehicles of Grace
Only to be administered by Elders and the Church
Baptism is for Believers and the children of Believers
Communion is for Believers and those that have been baptized
Signs and Symbols of already present spiritual realities
As symbols, the mode is important to maintain the symbolism
Ordinances are not vehicles of grace but obedient memorials
Sacraments and Ordinances
Given to the Church
Believers and children of Believers
Believers Only
Sacraments
Ordinances
Administered by Elders
Gives grace to the participant
Memorial Commands
Does not save
Only 2
Mode (pouring, immersion, or sprinkling) is unimportant
Mode is important to maintain symbolism
Issue of obedience
1 Corinthians 10:16-17

“16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”
1 Peter 3:21

“Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Acts 8:13

“Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.”

1 Corinthians 3:6

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.”
Two Ordinances Only?
The Commands of Christ
The Authority of the Word
Matthew 28:19-20

“19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

“23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
Acts 2:41-42

“41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
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