After a bit of a hiatus, here is the next portion of Elder J.H. Waggoner’s series The Church. If you want to read along, you’ll find the articles here: no. 14 (p. 456), no. 15 (p. 472) and no. 16 (p. 488).
Here is a brief summary:
- Baptism and the communion service are local church ordinances.
- Baptism is the initiatory rite to join a local church, and each candidate is to be voted in by that church of which the candidates are to become members; thus, it is not for a minister himself to decide who is baptized, but each candidate should be thoroughly screened by a minister to make sure they have died to the world in Christ.
- Communion service is a regular rite only for local church members; the apostolic church observed it at least weekly, which is an example for us.
Enjoy, and stay tuned for the next part of the series!
The Church, No. 14
The Church, Nos. 15 and 16
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