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Articles of Faith What Nazarenes Believe
Session 7
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Article of Faith 11 The ChurchArticle of
Faith 12 Baptism Article of Faith 13 The
Lords Supper
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  • The purpose of the Church is . . .
  • The purpose of Baptism is . . .
  • The purpose of The Lords Supper Communion) is .
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In a conversation with a co-worker, this person
makes the comment that he or she does not go to
church because it is full of hypocrites and all
they do is ask for money. You politely disagree.
This person responds by saying, Okay, what do
you think the Church is? What would you say?
A new Christian asks you if it is necessary to be
baptized in order to make it to heaven. How would
you respond?
You invite a relative to church who has never
attended. That morning, you take Communion. After
the service, your relative asks you about that
part of the service. How would you explain this
to him or her?
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Article 11 The Church We believe in the
Church, the community that confesses Jesus Christ
as Lord, the covenant people of God made new in
Christ, the Body of Christ called together by the
Holy Spirit through the Word. God calls the
Church to express its life in the unity and
fellowship of the Spirit in worship through the
preaching of the Word, observance of the
sacraments, and ministry in His name by
obedience to Christ and mutual accountability.
The mission of the Church in the world is to
continue the redemptive work of Christ in the
power of the Spirit through holy living,
evangelism, discipleship, and service. The
Church is a historical reality, which organizes
itself in culturally conditioned forms exists
both as local congregations and as a universal
body sets apart persons called of God for
specific ministries. God calls the Church to live
under His rule in anticipation of the
consummation at the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ.
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Acts 232-47
What is the Church? How does the Church express
itself? What is the mission of the Church? What
were the characteristics of the Early Church? Are
these characteristics still a part of the Church
today?
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Article 12 Baptism We believe that Christian
baptism, commanded by our Lord, is a sacrament
signifying acceptance of the benefits of the
atonement of Jesus Christ, to be administered to
believers and declarative of their faith in Jesus
Christ as their Savior, and full purpose of
obedience in holiness and righteousness.
Baptism being a symbol of the new covenant, young
children may be baptized, upon request of parents
or guardians who shall give assurance for them of
necessary Christian training. Baptism may be
administered by sprinkling, pouring, or
immersion, according to the choice of the
applicant.
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1 Peter 318-22
What is baptism? What does baptism symbolize? Is
there one right way to receive baptism? According
to Peter, what is the purpose of baptism? Why do
you think God chose water as a part of baptism?
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Article 13 The Lords Supper We believe that
the Memorial and Communion Supper instituted by
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is essentially a
New Testament sacrament, declarative of His
sacrificial death, through the merits of which
believers have life and salvation and promise of
all spiritual blessings in Christ. It is
distinctively for those who are prepared for
reverent appreciation of its significance, and by
it they show forth the Lords death till He come
again. It being the Communion feast, only those
who have faith in Christ and love for the saints
should be called to participate therein.
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1 Corinthians 1123-32
Why do we celebrate Communion? Who should
participate in Communion? What does the bread
represent? What does the wine represent? How
often should we celebrate Communion?
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Baptism and the Lords Supper are called
sacraments. A sacrament is a special act
Christians do as a sign of grace. Sacraments are
outward signs of an inward grace given by Christ
to Christians. We practice these sacraments as
a testimony of our faith and relationship with
God. J. Wesley Eby, George Lyons, and Al
Truesdale, A Dictionary of the Bible Christian
Doctrine in Everyday English,.(Kansas City
Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2004), 259.
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Why does the Church exist?
Why are Baptism and the Lords Supper important
practices within the Church?
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