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September 24, 2012

The Sacraments (part I)

Filed under: The Sacraments — barrynewman @ 9:50 pm

The Sacraments

“There are two sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord” (an excerpt from Article XXV of the Anglican Articles of Religion).

Without concerning ourselves with the meaning and significance of the word, “sacrament”, are they sacraments ordained of Christ?

For a believer to be baptised with water in the name of the Lord Jesus or indeed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is to participate in a solemn ceremony of exceedingly great significance and blessing. For a believer to partake, with other believers, of bread and wine in a solemn ceremony of the Lord’s Supper, where remembrance of the death of the Lord Jesus is to the fore, is also a matter of great significance and blessing.

But are these ceremonies sacraments ordained by Christ?

In attempting to answer this question, since 2009 I have written 6 blog articles that relate to the Lord’s Supper, 4 that relate to baptism with 2 others that bare on the issues.[1]  This article will be an attempt firstly, to summarise the contents of the 6 that relate to the Lord’s Supper and the 4 that relate to Baptism, with some new material added here and there. Then reference will be made to the other 2 blog series.  An attempt will also be made to respond to some questions of an historical nature.

[1] Titles, approximate size, and dates when each of the full series were published are as follows:

Articles related to the Lord’s Supper: “Christ Centred Communion”, (7, 000), October 16, 2009; “Christ Centred Communion – Further Thoughts”, (12, 000), July 18, 2010; “The Cup of the Lord” , (2,000), July 16, 2011; “The Breaking of Bread”, (4, 000), October 17, 2011; “The Agape (Feast)”, (5, 000), December 8, 2011; “A Table of the Lord “, (6, 000), May 17, 2012.

Articles related to Baptism: “Biblical Baptism”, (4, 000), September 13, 2009; “Biblical Baptism Revisited”, (6, 000), February 10, 2010; “Baptised on behalf of the Dead”, (4, 000), September 25, 2011; “Baptising in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, (23, 000), March 23, 2012.

Related Articles: “Freedom” (4, 000), August 29, 2009; The Gospel and its Proclamation (10, 000), July 20, 2012.


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