Lord's Supper

Q&A for Parents on Baptism and Communion

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

This document, The Sacraments: Questions and Answers for Parents, is an appendix from a manual for new/prospective members at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD.  It looks like a helpful read: 1. What is a sacrament?

2. What is baptism?

3. When should a child be baptized?

4. What is a believable profession of faith?

5. Does God save young children?

6. What is the role of the parent in evaluating a child’s readiness to be baptized?

7. If my child said a prayer and invited Jesus into his heart, isn’t that enough to be baptized?

8. What is the Lord’s Supper?

9. How do baptism and the Lord’s Supper differ?

10. When should a child receive the Lord’s Supper?

11. Should unbaptized children take the Lord’s Supper?

12. What do I say to a child who thinks he is converted if I don’t think he is ready for baptism or the Lord’s Supper?

13. Are there any problems with waiting too long to baptize a truly converted child?

14. If I have a child who is unbaptized but receiving the Lord’s Supper, how do I go about removing this privilege?

15. Why not baptize infants?

16. What do I do if my child was baptized as an infant?

17. What if my child was baptized at an early age, and now I don’t think he was really converted until later; should he be baptized again?

18. What is the role of the church in evaluating a child’s readiness to be baptized and receive the Lord’s Supper?

Check out Sojourn's own policy and position on childhood baptism and church membership.

HT: 9Marks Blog; Between Two Worlds

Why Can't I Have A Snack Like Everyone Else?

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

On Christmas Eve, our family attended at Christmas Eve service with my parents' church in Georgia.  It was the first time that our three year-old daughter had joined us during a communion service.  As we prepared to go forward to the kneeling bench and take the supper, I explained to Rachael that she would need to sit and watch.  She immediately replied, "But I'm hungry.  I want some juice too."  Megan then quickly explained that this is not a snack.  It is a special service to help us remember Jesus's death, and she told Rachael she would be able to participate when she is older.   I was reminded of an excellent position paper by the leadership of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN entitled "Why Can't I Have A Snack Like Everyone Else?" I read it again, and I recommend it to you.