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Last week we studied the New Testament teaching on baptism and we had a baptism, two baptisms actually last week over in our baptistry. Next week, we're going to study communion and the reason that we're doing these things is because the Lord has given us two rites, you could say, r-i-t-e-s, two ceremonies given to the Christian church by which we are to remember him and to publicly manifest the reality of new life in Christ. In baptism, you have someone coming forward acknowledging that they have received Christ, that they have been born again and that they are now dead to their old man, buried in Christ and raised to newness in life. In communion, we have an ongoing repeated rite that the Lord has given to us, we'll look at this next week, designed to help us remember that our new life comes from the fact that Christ gave his body and his blood for the salvation of our souls. He willingly offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to turn away the wrath of God from sinners like you and like me and that by receiving him as indicated by taking inside the bread and the cup, by taking Christ internally into our hearts, we are showing that we belong to him, that we share in that life that he died to give to those who would believe in him so we're kind of doing bookends of baptism and next week communion. Well, in between it seemed to me that we needed to ask a really important question, one that applies to each one of us here: who is it that is the true disciple that should receive church ordinances? That have the prerogative? That have the privilege of participating in the church ordinances? Who is a true Christian, in other words?
Don is the founding pastor of Truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.¬†He holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees with highest honors from The Master's Seminary. ¬†¬†
He had previously served as an elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. ¬†He pastored...