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Worship and the Sacraments (Part 1)

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Lesson

Worship is a response to God because God has already acted. Gathering together is important for the faith community to fellowship together. The minister welcomes everyone to invite them to worship God. In worship, we encounter the Word of God as it is read and declared, by response in prayer and in the creeds and confessions. In communion, we are responding to the gift that God has given us. When we go out from a worship service, we are salt and light to the world. Worship is essentially responding in acknowledgment of what God has done. A sacrament is an outward expression of an inward grace that is received by faith. Luther described a sacrament as containing the three elements of a sign, signification, and promise. For baptism, the sign is the water, the signification is dying and rising with Christ and the promise is forgiveness of sin and renewal of your nature. Wesley considered baptism to be associated but distinct from the new birth. Baptism is an outward sign of the inward work of the new birth.

Outline

I. WORSHIP

A. Worship is a response to a God of holy love

B. Major elements of worship

1. Gathering

2. Welcome by the minister

3. The Word of God read and declared

4. The Word of God proclaimed

5. The Word of God received among us and in us

II. DEVELOPMENT OF SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY

A. Definition of a sacrament

B. Baptism

C. Wesley considered baptism to be associated but distinct from the new birth