This past Lord’s Day was the day we recognize as Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. As we observe on some Sunday’s certain events in the life of Christ, it is right and fitting that his death, burial and resurrection would be among them. But we must never fall into the trap of thinking that since we observe Easter, it means that we only observe the Resurrection on that day. The reality is that for the Christian, every Sunday is Easter. Every day is Easter. The actual event in history of the God-man dying and rising again to life changes everything for us and we live in that reality. Even the liturgical calendar does not designate Easter as simply a day, but a season, much like Christmas. The season of Easter, or Eastertide begins on Easter Sunday, and continues for 7 weeks for what is known as “The Great Fifty Days” leading to Pentecost.
So as you prepare for worship this Sunday, remember that we continue to celebrate the reality of Easter. So come and worship our Risen King!
Scripture: Jeremiah 21:1-23:8
Sermon: “The Righteous Branch: Looking Back to Look Forward”
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Minister: Rev. Dave Kulp
Sunday we will observe and participate in the sacrament of baptism, in this case, paedobaptism (infant baptism). Parents who have faith in Christ claim the promises of God for their children and they are baptized as a sign and seal of their membership in the covenant community of God’s people. Reflect on what the Westminster Confession of Faith has to say about the nature of baptism as we prepare for worship. Visit this link to see the confession along with it’s scriptural proof-texts.
Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter XXVIII
I. Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church; but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in the newness of life. Which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to be continued in His Church until the end of the world.
II. The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a minister of the Gospel, lawfully called thereunto.
III. Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary; but Baptism is rightly administered by pouring, or sprinkling water upon the person.
IV. Not only those that do actually profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, but also the infants of one, or both, believing parents, are to be baptized.
V. Although it is a great sin to contemn or neglect this ordinance, yet grace and salvation are not so inseparably annexed unto it, as that no person can be regenerated, or saved, without it: or, that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated.
VI. The efficacy of Baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administered; yet, notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinance, the grace promised is not only offered, but really exhibited, and conferred, by the Holy Ghost, to such (whether of age or infants) as that grace belongs unto, according to the counsel of God’s own will, in His appointed time.
VII. The sacrament of Baptism is but once to be administered unto any person.