• Baptism

    Posted May 31st, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    There are several differences between our understanding of baptism and those in other branches of Christendom. Consider the mode of baptism. Some baptize by immersion and others prefer sprinkling or pouring. Similarly, consider the subjects of baptism. Some baptize on profession of faith only (i.e., adult converts) while others also baptize the children of believers. …

  • Public Reception of New Members

    Posted May 21st, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    This week we will be receiving a number of people who have joined our fellowship, so this WWDWWD will focus on church membership. Shortly after my conversion I was part of a church that rejected the idea of church membership. Couple this idea with the low commitment level that permeates Southern California and public reception …

  • Confession of Faith – part 2

    Posted May 14th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Last week we looked at what exactly the confessions are. Today we will try to answer the question of why we use them. Let’s focus on five reasons. First, the Bible includes within it confessions and affirmations of faith. In the pages of Scripture we find that the church was not taught a string of …

  • Confession of Faith

    Posted May 14th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Last year we used the Children’s Catechism and Westminster Shorter Catechism as a means of affirming and confessing our faith. We have also used the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. And this year we are using the Heidelberg Catechism. This practice raises a number of questions. This week we will tackle the questions, “What …

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