David Lee Brown
Christian Discipleship Lesson Eleven
This lesson will include the questions, answers, and commentary for the one-hundredth through the one-hundred-eighth question of this Discipleship. As per the Holy Bible, this eleventh lesson answers questions concerning Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Christian Discipleship Lesson Eleven
QUESTION 100: WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Answer: Baptism is a holy ordinance in which immersion in the water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, signifies our being joined to Christ. As well as our sharing the benefits of the covenant of grace and appointment to be the Lord’s. Scripture: Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:27.
Baptism is an ordinance in the Baptist denomination. It is accomplished through total emersion in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But does not save you or impart anything to you. It is a public affirmation that you were once lost, but after accepting Christ as your Savior, you are dead to your old life, and now you are a new person in Christ by His power and grace.
QUESTION 101: TO WHO IS BAPTISM TO BE ADMINISTERED?
Answer: Baptism is to administer water immersion to all those who actually profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, and to no other. Scripture: Acts 2:38; 8:12, 36; 10:47, 48; Matthew 3:6; Mark 16:16.
A person should receive Baptism only if the person is fully aware of why they are being baptized. They must also be true born-again repentant Christians that can clearly articulate their Christian testimony.
QUESTION 102: ARE THE INFANTS OF PROFESSING BELIEVERS TO BE BAPTIZED?
Answer: We are not to baptize the infants of believers because there is neither command nor example in the Holy Scriptures nor implication from them to baptize such. But Baptism is an expression of faith. Scripture: Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; Galatians 3:26, 27.
QUESTION 103: HOW IS BAPTISM RIGHTLY ADMINISTERED?
Answer: Administer Baptism by immersion by dipping the whole person in the water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Scripture: Matthew 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:38, 39.
Baptism is by total emersion in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Usually performed by a pastor, deacon, or evangelist, but any true baptized born-again believer with intimate knowledge of Baptism is permitted to baptize.
QUESTION 104: WHAT IS THE DUTY OF THOSE WHO ARE RIGHTLY BAPTIZED?
Answer: It is the duty of those who are rightly baptized to join themselves to some visible and orderly church worshiping Jesus Christ, that they may walk in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Scripture: Acts 2:46, 47; 9:26; 1 Peter 2:5; Hebrews 10:25; Romans 16:5.
Baptized individuals are to become active members of a Bible-believing, Bible-obeying local church. God commands us not to forsake the assembly of believers, and we are to learn the will of God and how He wants us to live.
QUESTION 105: WHAT IS THE VISIBLE CHURCH?
Answer: The visible church is the organized society of professing believers in all ages and places, wherein the preaching of the gospel and the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are provided in true faith. Scripture: Acts 2:42; 20:7; 7:38; Ephesians 4:11, 12.
The visible church is a local assembly of like-minded people serving God in Jesus’ name and observing the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s supper.
QUESTION 106: WHAT IS THE INVISIBLE CHURCH?
Answer: The invisible church is the whole number of the elect that have been, are, or shall gather as one under Christ. Scripture: Ephesians 1:10; 1:22, 23; John 10:16; 11:52.
The invisible church is all the true Christians that exist without regard to their location. Christians are the church.
QUESTION 107: WHAT IS THE LORD’S SUPPER?
Answer: The Lord’s Supper is a holy ordinance of the church. By eating bread and drinking the cup according to Christ’s choosing, we show forth his death. Those who eat and drink worthily partake of Christ’s body and blood, not physically, but spiritually in that by faith, they are nourished with the benefits he purchased and grow in grace. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 10:16.
The Lord’s Supper is one of two holy ordinances observed in local churches. The elements are bread (usually unleavened) and wine (usually grape juice). The bread represents Christ’s body that was sacrificed, and the wine represents Christ’s blood that was shed to make it possible for people to be saved, born-again, and receive God’s grace. The eucharist or elements of the Lord’s supper do not supernaturally transform into the actual flesh and blood of Christ, as many Catholics believe. Christians simply use the eucharist to remember Christ’s profoundly generous, willing sacrifice.
QUESTION 108: WHAT IS REQUIRED TO WORTHILY RECEIVE OF THE LORD’S SUPPER?
Answer: It is required to worthily (that is, suitably) partake of the Lord’s Supper. That they examine themselves and of their knowledge, that they discern the Lord’s body; their faith, and their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5:8; 11:27-31; 2 Corinthians 13:5.
It is essential that you’re a true born-again, repentant Christian when you observe the Lord’s Supper. Non-Christians, according to scripture, are unworthy of receiving the Lord’s Supper. If an unrepentant Christian or a non-Christian partake, they eat and drink judgment upon themselves. No, God will not strike them dead at that moment, usually. But if you are a non-Christian, you are already condemned to hell. Professing Christians with unrepentant sin in their life, such as ongoing fornication, disobedience to parents, homosexuality, worshiping idols, etc., will receive judgment and punishment by God either in this or in the next life.
If you missed the first few discipleship lessons, you can find them at the following links.
Christian Discipleship Lesson One
Christian Discipleship Lesson Two
Christian Discipleship Lesson Three
Christian Discipleship Lesson Four
Christian Discipleship Lesson Five
Christian Discipleship Lesson Six
Christian Discipleship Lesson Seven
Christian Discipleship Lesson Eight
Christian Discipleship Lesson Nine
Christian Discipleship Lesson Ten
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