THANK YOU to all who attended our conference. It was a real blessing to have you at our church! As noted, after a time of editing and post-production work, we intend to post our presentations online... stay tuned!
How should we understand Baptism? How should we understand the Lord's Supper?
These are important questions in need of ongoing clarification. They were very important to the ministry of Jesus. Why would he spend so much time teaching on why we do these things and how they should be done? At this little conference, we intend to present the historic Christian understanding.
The vast majority of the Christians that have ever lived have been baptized in infancy. The majority of Christians today, Protestant or otherwise, are still baptized in infancy. It seems to have been the majority position (for the most part the singular position of the church) for more than 1500 years. For the last 200 years or so there's been a shift toward a different model. That creates some interesting questions. Could it really be because, for so long, the church has had a light understanding of scripture - or failed to examine these issues in earnest? Perhaps due to an unappreciated hangover from a previous Roman Catholicism? Perhaps Augustine and Aquinas, Luther and Calvin, Jonathan Edwards and Francis Schaeffer all had an inadequate seriousness in the study of the Bible? If those thing are true, they are at the very least, very hard to understand.
Join us for this mini-conference in September designed toward the better understanding of the sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Session 1. "A Survey of the Book of Acts in regard to the Sacraments of the New Testament"
Session 2. "Why Baptism? An introduction to the signs of membership in the covenant of grace"
Session 3. "Celebrating the Passover with Jesus and his disciples: The Mode, the Method and the Meaning of the Lord’s Supper in its Biblical context"
Session 4. "Method and Modality: How should we and does it matter?" Dunking, sprinkling or triune immersion? Does it need to be in water? Does it need to be with wine? Which words? Does it need to be with bread? Leavened or unleavened? Grape juice anyone? What should be said? Who should be saying it? How should it be distributed? And how much? And to whom? And... how often? What about those that don’t understand it, those that are living in sin, those from other faiths or none at all, those of some other Christian denomination, or those not present in the worship service? Why so choosy? Why so careful? Why so strict? How many times should a person be baptized? Is 3 or 4 times enough? Are the children of believers holy to God?
With the Reverend Kent Moorlach MA, Mdiv (TE-ARP)
Reverend Moorlach is the Pastor of Richland Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rosemark, Tennessee and has been taught on matters of Theology, Apologetics, Christian history and Ancient history in many forums. Formerly he was the Pastor of Communion Presbyterian Church in Irvine, CA and the organizer of "Reformation OC (Orange County)".
And Christopher Neiswonger JD, MA (RE - PCA, OPC) Christopher is the long time host of the apologetics.com radio program in Los Angeles having presented lectures, debates and papers on many subjects related to the historic Christian faith and it's relationship to contemporary culture. He has served as a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and is now on staff at Richland ARP as the Director of Ministries.