These questions and many others have for centuries generated much debate among Christians. Today's believers hold a wide range of opinions about these ancient rites. For many people, celebrating the sacraments is just an optional church activity. For some, these rites are necessary. For others, they are indispensable to the Christian walk. So, what is the truth about these practices? What do Christians need to know about them?
This book provides the essentials. Samuel Powell has produced a concise, in-depth guide to the history, meaning, and importance of the sacraments. With special sections devoted to baptism and communion, this book explores such engaging topics as infant baptism, rebaptism, and the use of wine or juice in Communion. Insightful chapters on the theology of baptism and Communion make this work complete.
Equipped with a helpful glossary and bibliography, this book is an indispensable resource for pastors, teachers, small group leaders, and anyone wanting to know more about the sacraments and their significance to the life of faith.
Sprinkle or immerse? Wine or grape juice? We re talking about sacraments in the Protestant Christian faith. There are so many questions, opinions, and arguments that there has to be an answer. Are sacraments needed for salvation? Do I need to be a church member to take communion? Who can perform a baptism?A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding the Sacraments gives an explanation about how churches came to practice the holy rituals in certain ways and why they are so important. By looking at the Bible, theology, and tradition, Samuel M. Powell reveals the true nature and necessity of the sacraments.
Samuel M. Powell is professor of philosophy and religion and dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University. He is an editor, author, and ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene. He also serves on the editorial committee of Kingswood Press and as secretary-treasurer of the Wesleyan Theological Society. From 1999 to 2001, he participated in the John Templeton Foundation Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity. In 2005, he received the Wesleyan Theological Society’s Smith-Wynkoop award for his book, Participating in God: Creation and Trinity. He and his wife, Terrie, live in Santee, California, and have two children and two grandchildren.
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