November 14, 2014
We will not start from covenant theology and make our way to the church. We’re going to start with two different churches. They appear to us to be very different in the way they function, and we’re going to see what are the foundations on which those two church understandings are based. So the doctrine of the church depends on a few questions. We need to know what is the church; who is a member of the church; how do you become a member of the church; what is the difference between the visible church and the invisible church; how do you become a Christian; how do you get into the new covenant; can you be a member of the church, a member of the new covenant, and not be saved; and what about the children, are they in the church covenant, are they in the new covenant by birth?