Simon Jooste The Bible sets forth two sacraments that were instituted by God and qualify as means of grace. In the Old Testament, they were circumcision and the Passover meal. In the New Testament, these rites have been replaced with baptism and the Lord’s Supper respectively. Those that claim additional
All the Protestant Reformers, including Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin, held to infant baptism. Though these three great Protestants disagreed on many things, they all agreed on the Protestant doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. They also agreed that infant baptism is
The following is the thrust of the morning sermon from this past Sunday (11 August 2013), which you can listen to here. Jesus submitted to John’s baptism of repentance and judgment in obedience to God’s will. Through John’s baptism God the Father commissions Jesus for his Messianic mission to save
[Sermon audio here.] Theme: The baptism of John is a symbol of judgment on Israel lest she – like us – repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus, who endured God’s judgment on the cross. Water, like bread, is something we take for granted in our lives.
One of the distinguishing marks of the Reformed tradition is that we believe baptism, which is the sign of entrance into the covenant community (i.e. church), should be administered to infants as well as new converts to Christianity. For some of you, this may be a puzzling claim. This was
What does your baptism mean to you? In the early church, baptism was taken very seriously. It was not uncommon for new converts to Christianity – known as “Catechumens” – to spend up to three years learning the fundamentals of the faith before being baptised into God’s covenant community. Unfortunately,
Where does the Holy Spirit fit into the Christian life? Sadly, there is much confusion when it comes to the answers to this question in the broader church today. Some people are so focused on the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ is pushed into the background, or even forgotten. The