Search Results"Despise Ye The Church Of God?" This audio sermon by George W. Truett on 1 Corinthians 11:22 asserts that the Baptist Church's two ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper are symbolic of salvation and may only be undertaken by saved persons. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Whether you view them as sacraments or ordinances, baptism and communion have meaning because the church is a community, says Michael J. Clingenpeel. We tell the sacred story together as a community of memory and hope. Facing the Muzak This sermon illustration uses a judge's unorthodox but humorous punishment for teenagers violating noise ordinances to demonstrate a system of justice that contrasts Christ's system of forgiveness through grace alone. “Honorable and holy” This excerpt from Heinrich Bullinger’s (1504-1575), "Der Christlich Eestand" (Christian Marriage), provides insight into the roles of women and their lives in Reformation-era Protestant families. Here, Bullinger describes marriage as "honorable and holy." Dangerous Tongues A post full of worship resources for children: books, songs, prayer of confession, and more. It comments on Psalms 19; Proverbs 1:20-33; Isaiah 50:4-9; Mark 8:27-38; James 3:1-12; and Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-30, 8:1, and finds... God's Ten Rules This blog post explores children-friendly ways to celebrate World Communion Sunday and teach Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalms 19, 80:7-15; Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 21:33-46; and Philippians 3:4-14. Recent Discoveries in Astronomy Deborah Haarsma says that recent astronomical findings confirming "the consistency of the laws of physics across our entire universe, in both time and space" are a testament to God's "ordinances of heaven and earth" (Jeremiah 33:19-26). Worship Planning Notes: Living Peacefully and Times of Tragedy This resource includes service/sermon planning notes with hymns focusing on the importance of memory with respect to God's saving power revealed in Exodus and how important love and forgiveness are to building and maintaining community. Biblical Views of Nature In this article, James Austin Baker argues that both the New Testament and the Old speak the same message, that the whole created order is God’s work and thus is good. Dehumanizing People and Euphemizing War In this article, Haig Bosmajian argues that the euphemisms of war must be exposed for what they are -- words and phrases that fool us into accepting the unacceptable. Baptism and Profound Intellectual Disability - Study Guide Robert Kruschwitz offers a study guide on whether people with profound intellectual disability can be baptized and admitted to the Lord's Supper. It is intended for churches where believer's baptism is the norm. All Saints Sunday Planning Notes This resource from the United Methodist Church provides sermon planning notes for All Saints Day focusing on the multitude around the Lamb in Revelation and the beatitudes; as well as worship service ideas. Full Text Hymns on Ordinance Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls InspirePD
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See more hymns... World Communion Sunday Resources for preaching, prayers, and music for World Communion Sunday (Lamentations 1:1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10 ). Themes include "Prophetic Ministry," "Mission in the World," and "The Season of the Saints." The Ways of God This complete collection gathers resources for preaching and worship, focusing on Genesis 37:1-28; Romans 10:5-15; and Matthew 14:22-33. Common themes include faith, miracles, and reversal of expectations in God. Self-Giving Love to Family and Outsider Carolyn Brown selects themes that would be meaningful for children from Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Ruth 1:1-18, Psalms 119, 146, Mark 12:28-34, and Hebrews 9:11-14, and recommends books, songs, illustrations, and crafts to use in worship. Worship Planning: Children’s Sabbath Sunday This resource offers worship planning resources for Childrens' Sabbath Sunday, also identified as the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Worship Planning: World Communion Sunday This resource offers service planning resources for World Communion Sunday, also identified as the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Formation of Priests: Knowledge and Sanctity This Catholic essay argues that the historic concern for good priests assumes that the Church has needed, and continues to need, effective seminaries and programs of formation. Kids and Rules A collection of children's resources by Carolyn Brown that help children explore the Ten Commandments, as well as various passages that relate the people of God to a vineyard. Planning Guide: Prophets and Banquets Worship planning guide for Psalm 81, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Luke 14:1-14, and Hebrews 13:1-16. Themes include: creation, the vocation of prophets, living in the world but not of it, and what it means to follow Jesus.