Review and Discuss
Quick Questions about the Sacraments, Jonathan Edwards, and Celebrating Communion
What is the value to the worshipping community to have baptisms celebrated during community worship? What is the value to the family of the one being baptized?
Many people believe that celebrating the Service of the Lord's Table every Sunday would make it seem a commonplace and therefore trivial. Do you believe that weekly observance would lessen the impact of this sacrament? Defend your viewpoint.
In the Apostles' Creed we say we believe in "the forgiveness of sins." What is the difference between forgiving sin and excusing sin. Also if we believe that a criminal has been forgiven by God, should we continue to keep him or her in prison?
In the Apostles' Creed we say we believe in "the resurrection of the body." How is resurrection different from reincarnation?
In 1706, when Jonathan Edwards was a boy, another powerful New England preacher, Cotton Mather, published The Negro Christianized, with the "revolutionary" thesis that Black Africans were human. Through Edwards' preaching during the Great Awakening, thousands of Blacks were converted and begin to join and form churches. These two religious events began the movement to abolish slavery in America. Within a generation several states abolished slavery and others began to limit its growth. How can the power of God's love expressed through the Church change the world today? How can you be part of this revolution?