Who Is a Disciple of Jesus Christ?


Working from Matthew 28:18-20, I would say that anyone who is baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and who is obeying everything that Jesus taught—that person is a disciple of Jesus Christ.  No doubt, there is room for dispute. But the bottom line is that we must be able to... Continue Reading →

Why (some) Stubborn Baptists Still Fence the Table of the Lord’s Supper


As a pastor, I have often had folks close to me ask (in separate—and as far as I know—unrelated incidents) for me to explain why Baptists don’t allow Presbyterians to fellowship with us in the Lord’s Supper. [The questions were not all that succinctly worded, but they were all to the same effect.]  So, I... Continue Reading →

Baptism Not Sufficient as the Sign of the New Covenant


A friend recently asked me to explain what the sign of the new covenant is for Christians today. That can be a thorny question.  A few years ago, another blogger sought to answer the question and hinted that it might be the Lord’s Supper. Most have supposed the sign of the new covenant to be... Continue Reading →

Why We Use Wine (Conclusion)


Finally, allow me to say that there are issues to consider concerning the Lord’s Supper and the use of wine.  First, there is the issue of liberty.  Liberty comes from Christ (Galatians 5:1; John 8:31-32).  However, the Apostle Paul instructs us concerning our liberty that it is not an excuse for leading a weaker Christian... Continue Reading →

Why We Use Wine (Part 4)


The real objection to using wine in the Lord’s Supper is not that the Bible fails to speak of wine as the element used; rather, the real objection is that wine is an alcoholic beverage.  The Bible never authorizes grape juice for the Lord’s Supper.  It never hints that grape juice is the beverage the... Continue Reading →

Why We Use Wine (Part 3)


Most commonly, evangelical churches today do not use wine; rather, they use grape juice as a representation of “the fruit of the vine.”  In the gospel accounts of the Lord’s Supper, the word for “wine” is not actually used.  Instead, you will find simply, “the cup,” or “the fruit of the vine” (See Matthew 26:26-30;... Continue Reading →

Why We Use Wine (Part 2)


As for the second question, why change now from grape juice to wine?  The answer is a little more complex.  The most succinct—if not the most forthright—answer is simply, “I don’t know.”  I am not sure why now is the right time to switch—or even if now is the right time for our church to... Continue Reading →

Why We Use Wine


Why did our church change from grape juice to wine at our celebration of the Lord’s Supper?  And, why did we choose to change now, after I have been here more than 9 years?  These are the main two questions I have received since orchestrating a change in our Lord’s Supper observance.  So, I will... Continue Reading →

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