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Gen. 17:11 Connecting with God

posted Apr 30, 2020, 3:37 PM by Jacob Boer

"You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you."

When I go fishing, especially at the beginning of the fishing season, there are certain rituals I do to make sure that my rods, lines and lures are ready for the season ahead. At the same time, I remember my dad and how my ways of doing things are based on his little rituals, and that makes it more special and connects me to my dad.

The sacraments are ways to help us remember Jesus and what he’s done for us through his life and death and resurrection. They are things we do, because in doing something you connect in a deeper and more meaningful way that connects you physically, emotionally and spiritually to Jesus, and to those you are doing it with. This is what makes the sacraments so special, because we are responding to Jesus, not simply passively receiving from him.

 

Q. What are sacraments?

A. Sacraments are visible, holy signs and seals. They were instituted by God so that by our use of them he might make us understand more clearly the promise of the gospel, and seal that promise. And this is God’s gospel promise: to grant us forgiveness of sins and eternal life by grace because of Christ’s one sacrifice accomplished on the cross.

 

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