Saturday, May 12, 2012
I Believe! Part 4
I believe in the symbolism of the ordinances. The ordinances of the Church are symbolic expressions of living realities. Baptism is a symbol of salvation which has already taken place in the believer’s life. Communion is a symbol of the fellowship of the believer in a oneness with God and with the saints. Foot-washing is a symbol of service and the servant role of the believer, as exemplified by the Lord Jesus.
I believe in the principle of stewardship. Everything belongs to God by reason of creation, and we are to recognize this Divine ownership, accepting responsibility to replenish the earth as well as subdue it for the good of mankind. The Old Testament standard of the tithe is a minimum for Christian giving to God’s work. The tithe is actually a symbol of Divine ownership of all our "possessions" rather than being merely that part of the income that belongs to God.