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The Ordinances (Baptism and Communion) as Worship

Text: Various
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: December 28, 2014

An ordinance is an outward ritual prescribed by Christ which is a visible sign of an inward spiritual reality.  Given that we are forbidden from making unauthorized visible representations of God, it is remarkable that He has given us two visible tangible signs.  The two ordinances revealed in Scripture are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

The ordinances given by Christ to the church have been the subject of great controversy throughout church history.  During the reformation there was more debate over the meaning of communion than there was over justification.

Some call them “sacraments”.  Why do we prefer the term “ordinances”?  Some say there are seven rather than two ordinances/sacraments.  There have been debates over who should receive the ordinances.  Should babies be baptized?  Why do some baptize babies, but then withhold communion from children until they profess faith.  Some believe that during communion the bread and the wine become the actual body and blood of Jesus.

There have been controversies over what the ordinances mean.  Are the ordinances merely something we do?  Or is God also doing something?  If so, what is He doing?  Some believe that saving grace is actually conveyed through the ordinances.

I will seek to address each of these questions (and more) from God’s Word so that we can worship Him in Spirit and in truth as we participate in the ordinances Jesus has given to His church.

Stories of Fantasy

Text: Various
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: December 21, 2014

An evening service sermon from Craig Marshall.

Worship Christ

Text: Various
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: December 21, 2014

This Sunday’s sermon will combine the themes of the incarnation (because it is Christmas) and worship (our present series).  We are told that we should worship God alone.  Jesus Christ is the only man who is properly worshiped because along with being fully man He is fully God.  He was worshiped as an infant.  He was worshiped during the course of His ministry.  He was worshiped after He was raised.  He is worshiped in heaven.  Jesus is central in every element of our worship, not just at Christmas, but every Lord’s Day.

How is the world different because the Son of God has come?  What would the world be like if He had never been born?  How is your life different because of Jesus Christ?

Got More Than Milk? The Need for Proper Spiritual Nourishment

Text: 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: December 14, 2014

An evening service sermon from Mike Kelley

The Proclamation of God’s Word as Worship

Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: December 14, 2014

Have you ever been to a church when after the time of singing they say, “Now that we are done with worship, we will listen to God’s Word.”  Reading, proclaiming and listening to God’s Word IS worship.

Another feature in the contemporary church is an emphasis upon one’s personal relationship with the Lord, which includes personal Bible reading and prayer.  We are all for people building their personal relationship with the Lord, but sometimes people fail to recognize the emphasis Scripture places upon our corporate relationship to the Lord.  Yesterday I saw an article, “Why personal devotions are not enough.”  God has commanded us to read and proclaim Scripture when we are together.   He speaks to us in a special way when we are gathered together.

In this sermon we will continue our series in worship as we consider what the Bible says about the corporate reading and proclamation of God’s Word.

Daniel’s Intercessory Prayer

Text: Daniel 9:1-23
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Date: December 7, 2014

An evening service sermon from Jim Newheiser.

Worshipers Devoted to Prayer

Text: Acts 2:42
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: December 7, 2014

We continue our series on worship as we consider prayer as part of our public worship.  While everyone agrees that prayer is important, most would also admit that both private and public prayer are neglected.  Many contemporary churches put their hopes for growth in programs and musical performance, while giving very little time to prayer in their public meetings. Even in reformed churches, while the preaching is well attended, few come to meetings which focus on prayer.  When we do pray, our prayers fall far short of the prayers we read in Scripture.  I confess that as I have studied this subject, I have been convicted of my need to grow in both my private and public praying.  Luther said, “There is no work quite so difficult as praying.”

The early church was devoted to prayer (Acts 2:42).  Jesus spent much time in prayer and He taught His disciples to pray.

How can we be motivated to pray more faithfully?  About what should we pray?  How can we improve our public times of prayer?

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