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LESSON 7

THE TWO CHURCH ORDINANCES

We may define an ordinance as an outward rite appointed by Christ to be administered in the Church. The two ordinances given in the New Testament by the specific command of Christ are Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

I. WATER BAPTISM

The word "baptism" is the English form of the Greek word "baptizo" which means "to dip, to immerse, or to make fully wet." Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ upon confession of Him as Savior and Lord.

1. Read Mark 1:4, 5 and answer the following questions:

(a) Where did John baptize his converts? (verse 4)

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(b) What kind of baptism did John preach?

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(c) In what river did John baptize those that came to him?

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2. Read Matthew 3: 13-17 and answer the following questions:

(a) What did Jesus come to John for?

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(b) Jesus was baptized by SPRINKLING, IMMERSION, POURING. (Underline the correct answer).

(c) Was God pleased when Jesus was baptized?

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(d) What did God say about His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ?

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3. What command did Jesus give to His followers in Matt. 28:19?

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4. From the following scriptures, we find the meaning of baptism: (Romans 6:11, 18; Romans

6:3-6; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:19). Please fill in the blank spaces with the correct scripture verses.

(a) Obedience to the command of Christ. ..............................................................

(b) Following Christ's example. ..............................................................

(c) Separation by death from sin. ..............................................................

(d) An outward testimony that you have been

made alive unto God and righteousness. ..............................................................

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Baptism is an important step in your Christian Life. Jesus commanded

us to be baptized. Do you realize that you are disobeying the command

of Christ if you refuse to be baptized. The only qualification for baptism

is that you have received the Lord as you Savior and are willing to give

up your old sinful life to live for God.

Why not decide RIGHT NOW that you are going to follow Christ's

example and be baptized.



3. Please indicate what your desire is concerning Baptism by putting a check mark ( ) beside

one or more of the following statements:

(a) I desire to be baptized.

(b) I am not ready to be baptized yet.

(c) I would like to know more about baptism.

(d) I have already been baptized by immersion.
 
 

II - THE LORD'S SUPPER

This ordinance was instituted by Christ in the night in which He was betrayed (Matt. 16:26- 30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:17-20). Like Water Baptism, it is for believer's only. The conditions of participating in the Lord's Supper are that yo are a born-again believer and are living a life of obedience to Christ.

2. The two substances used in the Lord's Supper are bread and wine.

(a) What does the bread represent? (Matthew 26:26)

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(b) What does the wine represent? (Matthew 26: 27, 28)

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3. Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 and then answer the following questions:

(a) After Jesus had given thanks what did He do to the bread?

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(b) Why did Jesus break the bread?

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(c) According to verse 25, what is the purpose of the Lord's Supper?

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(d) What are we reminded of when we take the Lord's Supper?

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(e) What should a person do before he eats the bread and drinks the wine at the

communion service? (verse 28)

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(f) Why should you make sure you are right with the Lord before you take communion

(The Lord's Supper)? (verse 29)

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(g) What happens to a person who takes the Lord's Supper unworthily? (verse 30).

Note: the word "sleep" means that they die.

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(h) What must we do if we are not to be judged? (verse 31)

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3. Is the Lord's supper to be taken only in the local church or may it be taken in a home, prison, hospital, etc. (Acts 2:46)

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THIS IS IMPORTANT!

The following are some questions you could ask yourselves in order to examine yourselves before taking the Lord's Supper.

1. Do I really believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?

2. Is there any unconfessed sin in my life? Self-pity? Pride? Covetousness? Laziness? Disobedience? Love of the world? Has my thought life been clean? Have I consistently witnessed for Christ? Have I been faithful in Bible readings and prayer?

3. Do I love God with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind?

4. Do I love my neighbor as myself?
 


 

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