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Sacraments

Protestant Christians recognize two sacraments, baptism and communion (Eucharist), as opposed to the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. Christ established sacraments to impart grace. This doesn't mean these acts alone save anyone, but when observed by Christians (including covenant infants and children) Christ works through the Holy Spirit to sustain and unify His people through them.

Controversies surround the question of sacraments: What is the purpose of baptism? What happens to the baptized person, if anything? Should infants be baptized? Is sprinkling (or pouring) preferable to total immersion, or vice versa? What about communion? Is it merely symbolic, or an integral part of regular church worship? Who can administer the sacraments? Who should receive them? These questions are more than theological repartee, they are essential to our complete Biblical perspective of worship. We must answer these questions if we want to take our role as saints seriously.

In the preface to his book The Baptized Body, Peter Leithart calls the twentieth century the century of ecclesiology because of the amount of scholarship and debate devoted to church government, worship and the sacraments. This is mostly a Reformed debate, discussion ranging from Federal Vision to paedocommunion and paedofaith, and growing out of different understandings of the nature and extent of God's covenant. While we have a high regard for the teachings of the original Reformers, we realize that all doctrine must be analyzed in the light of Scripture, and that they were not infallible. The Federal Vision has many aspects we find attractive, but these too must be submitted to the authority of God's Word before we can accept them fully.

We believe a proper and consistent understanding of the covenant is foundational for answering questions and resolving conflicts concerning the efficacy and scope of the sacraments. The books in our collection are mostly accessible, doing their best to place the current debates within the context of historic Reformed and covenantal thought while seeking to provide a fresh perspective where it is due.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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Baptism of Jesus the Christ
by Ralph Allan Smith
from Wipf and Stock Publishers
for Adult
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$21.50
Baptized Body
by Peter J. Leithart
from Canon Press
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$11.50
Blessed Are the Hungry
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
in Communion (Eucharist) (Location: C06-02D)
$11.99
Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism
by Gregg Strawbridge, editor
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$13.99
Children of the Promise
by Robert Booth
from P&R Publishing
for 11th-Adult
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$10.00
Christian Baptism
by John Murray
from P&R Publishing
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$5.95 $3.00 (1 in stock)
Christic Baptism and Patristic Baptism
by James W. Dale
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C08-02E)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Clean Water, Red Wine, Broken Bread
by Doug Wilson
from Canon Press
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C08-02E)
$2.00 (3 in stock)
Feed My Lambs
by Tim Gallant
from Pactum Reformanda
for 11th-Adult
in Communion (Eucharist) (Location: C06-02D)
$13.50
Feed My Lambs - Study Guide
by Tim Gallant
from Pactum Reformanda
for 11th-Adult
in Communion (Eucharist) (Location: C06-02D)
$2.25
For the Life of the World
by Alexander Schmemann
from St. Vladimir's
for 11th-Adult
in Communion (Eucharist) (Location: C06-02D)
$16.50
Given for You
by Keith Mathison
from P&R Publishing
in Communion (Eucharist) (Location: C06-02D)
$12.99
God Gave Wine
by Kenneth Gentry
from Oakdown Books
for 11th-Adult
in Culture of Drinking & Wine (Location: C08-05A)
$12.00 $7.00 (2 in stock)
Imagining the Kingdom
Cultural Liturgies Volume 2
by James K. A. Smith
from Baker Academics
for 11th-Adult
in Art & Culture (Location: C08-02A)
$20.50
Jamie Soles CD - Memorials
by Jamie Soles
from Jamie Soles
for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Jamie Soles CDs (Location: C08-11A)
$16.00
Johannic Baptism
by James W. Dale
2nd edition from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C08-02E)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Judaic Baptism
by James W. Dale
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C08-02E)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Liquid Gospel, Edible Words - CD
2002 Christ Church Ministerial Conference
by Doug Wilson, Peter Leithart, Doug Jones & Louis Schuler
from Canon Press
in Christ Church Ministerial Conferences (Location: C01-01A)
$28.00
Liturgical Question Box
by Peter J. Elliott
from Ignatius Press
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C08-02E)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Lord's Supper
by Robert Letham
from P&R Publishing
in Communion (Eucharist) (Location: C06-02D)
$6.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Meaning and Mode of Baptism
by Jay Adams
from P&R Publishing
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$5.00
Priesthood of the Plebs
by Peter Leithart
from Wipf and Stock Publishers
for Adult
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$24.00
Second Adam & the New Birth
by M. F. Sadler
from Athanasius Press
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C08-02E)
$5.00
To A Thousand Generations
by Doug Wilson
from Canon Press
for 11th-Adult
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$7.50
What Christian Parents Should Know About Infant Baptism
by John Sartelle
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C08-02E)
$2.00 $1.00 (17 in stock)
Why Baptize Babies?
Answers in an Hour
by Mark Horne
from Athanasius Press
for 10th-Adult
in Baptism (Location: C06-02C)
$3.99