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January 26, 2020 Series: The Meaning of Membership

Topic: Sunday Worship Passage: Acts 15:6, 2 Timothy 4:14, Hebrews 12:23, Matthew 28:18–20, 1 Corinthians 11:27–29

January 26, 2020         Rev. Thomas M. Cox

*Note*   Due to technical difficulties, the sermon starts several minutes into the message.



 A. Presbyterian

    • 2 offices:  
  • E________- Shepherding, Teaching, Ruling 
  • D__________- (“sympathy & service”) Property, Poor, Giving


    • 3 graded courts: L________, R__________al, N__________al


       *Session,     Presbytery,     General Assembly



B. Congregational

C. Hierarchical (Prelatical)



A) Baptism (see Matthew 28:19) 

        • 3-fold formula: W_____, Triune Name of God, duly-ordained minister 
        • Mode of Baptism: S__________ing, pouring, I__________ion


  • “Believer’s Baptism”


  • “Infant Baptism” ≠ baptismal regeneration 


B)  The Lord’s Supper (Communion) 


  • “Let a man E___________ himself…”-


  • “D__________/judge the body rightly”-

Scripture Readings



Acts 15:6 

The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.

2 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. (NASB)

Hebrews 12:23

to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect (NASB)



A) Baptism—Matthew 28

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


B) Lord’s Supper—1 Corinthians 11

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

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