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Baptism: A Sign and Seal to Believers

Holy Baptism is one of the two sacraments which the Lord Jesus Christ instituted in the church at the end of his earthly ministry. After his resurrection and just prior to his ascension he gave commandment to his disciples, saying, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, […]

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Are You Baptized -Really??

Wait a minute! Before you pass over this article because it looks a little too doctrinal and dry, think about that ques­tion. Are you really baptized? Dumb question, right? Of course I am. My parents took me to church when I was very young and my minister baptized me—what’s the point? Baptism. It seems pretty […]

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The Holy Spirit is referred to in the Trinity as the third person.  Third to whom, we may ask?  To that question the Jews of Jesus’ day, modern Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Unitarians and Armstrongians of the Universal Church would reply, nobody!  They reject the Trinity of the Godhead.  Heated exegesis also took place during the […]

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Infant Baptism and the Gospel (4)

Note: This is Article IV in the series: I. Immersion in the Baptism Form, II. Incorporation Into Christ, III. Immersion, Children and the Lexicons.  A discussion follows between Rev. Johann Muller, Catechumen Charles Fessler, and Charles’ Baptist friend, Melvin Rausch. Rev. Muller: The topic of our discussion and theme of our lesson today is, Infant […]

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Immersion, Children and the Lexicons (3)

Note: This is Article III is the Series: I. Immersion in the Baptism Form, II. Incorporation Into Christ.  A discussion follows between Pastor Johann Muller, Charles Fessler, a catechumen, and Melvin Rausch, Charles’ Baptist friend. Charles: Pastor Muller, today I’ve brought with me my friend Melvin, who is a member of Berachah Church.  He has […]

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Incorporation into Christ (2)

Romans 6:1-13 Pastor:  For this lesson today, Charles, have you read the assigned passage (above) both in the King James Bible and in the New King James Bible? Catechumen:  Yes, I have and I’ve also memorized the definition you gave of “incorporation.” The dictionary says, “Incorporation is the act of uniting one body to another […]

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Immersion in the Baptism Form (1)

Pastor: Step into my study, Charles.  Glad you could make this appointment.  I looked for you the other day, but— Catechumen: Sorry about that, Rev. Muller…now I’d like you to enlarge on that statement you made a little while ago.  You spoke of “immersion in the Baptism Form.” Would you please explain what you mean […]

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The Covenant and Baptism

I.   Baptism a Sign and Seal of the Covenant A.  What is the covenant 1.  A relationship of friendship between God and His people a.  James 2:23, “And he (Abraham) was called the friend of God.” b.  Hosea 1:10, “In the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it […]

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God’s Covenant Promise

I have been asked to write a short article for “Beacon Lights” in connection with the 50th anniversary of our Protestant Reformed denomination. The period of time that I’ve been requested to write about is the year 1953. Keeping in mind the theme of our Church’s anniversary. “God’s Covenant Faithfulness”, I will try to put […]

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On Washing

I watched God wash the world today With sudden shower hard and clean. He scrubbed the sloping sandy beach, And pelted rocks and stones with sheen.   I watched Him freshen feathered birds And wash the dusty, woolly sheep; He splashed the green and yellow fields, And rinsed the rising hillside steep.   I watched […]

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Our Spiritual Commitment

There was a time many years ago when my father and my mother took upon themselves a very serious commitment.  It was a commitment made within the Covenant of God, in which Covenant God promised, assured them that He would be to them a gracious Father, and they in turn vowed that they would instruct […]

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Our Sacraments

What do our sacraments really mean to us? I am afraid that we are letting them become a mere formality. How many of us stop to think what our Baptism form means, until an infant is baptized in our church? And how many of us stop to think and meditate on the beautiful sacrament of […]

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The Covenant Question

V.  THE COVENANT AND BAPTISM: 1.  Especially is the question of baptism of importance in connection with the covenant. This is evident when we notice that baptism is the sign of the covenant. All the errors and misunderstanding’s about the covenant that one has will appear in the treatment of baptism. We all ought to […]

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Entering into God’s Covenant

Baptism, we stressed, is the sign and seal of the covenant of God. However, that can mean much more. More must be said. With respect to that covenant of God, that blessed relation of infinite fel­lowship between God and His peo­ple, just exactly what does baptism signify? Christian friends, our baptism signifies and seals our […]

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Entering into God’s Covenant

Your baptism, covenant young people, is your uniform. That point we stressed in our previous article. True, it is more than that. It is also a means of grace, where­by the Holy Spirit enriches the church in her salvation in Jesus Christ, and whereby the conscious faith of the child of God is con­firmed. However, […]

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Your Baptism and Christian Living

All of us are baptized. What does this mean? And what, if anything, is the connection between our Christian bap­tism and Christian Living? These questions we began to answer some time ago. Since then our attention was diverted to other things, like young people’s conventions, Reformation Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year. We shall […]

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Our Baptism and Christian Living

Our baptism, which stands in close connection with our subject of “Christian Living,” has a twofold purpose.  Being what it is, a sign and seal of the righteousness which is by faith in Christ, instituted by God Himself for His Church only, ordained for and used only by the believers, it serves as a distinguishing […]

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Our Baptism and Christian Living

Do you know, Christian friends, why you are baptized?  You all are, of course, because Jehovah commands that all the children of His church shall receive the sign of His covenant.  Do you know what your baptism really means?  You should!  And do you see the relation between that baptism and a Christian life in […]

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