TH275 Sacramental Theology

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Sacramental theology has to be understood in the context of ecclesiology, in the context of the doctrine of the church. That’s not always the way that sacramental theology has been understood. Many of the debates about the Lord’s Supper, for example, seem to be based on a forgetfulness that the Church is present at the Lord’s Supper. The debates have been about the mode of Jesus’ presence in the bread and the wine. All of those questions are important questions, but they all can be asked without even considering the fact that the Church has gathered at the Lord’s Table to do something. All of those questions assume that our only concern with the Lord’s Supper is the bread and the wine set out on the table. In order to understand sacraments properly, we have to put the sacraments within that ecclesial context, within that liturgical context. If we don’t, we are liable to ask bad questions and come up with bad answers. In laying out that primary point, in this course, we will look at first the question of, what are sacraments? Are sacraments signs, are they symbols, are they something else?

Introduction: What Are Sacraments?

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

6m
A Rite of the Christian Church

A Rite of the Christian Church

7m

Sacraments and the Old Covenant

Sacraments and Church

Sacraments and Church

4m
Sacraments of the Law

Sacraments of the Law

7m
Rites of Worship, Purification, Access, and Atonement

Rites of Worship, Purification, Access, and Atonement

7m

Sacraments of the New Covenant

Signs and Rites Mark Out a People

Signs and Rites Mark Out a People

8m
Rites That Declare Old Testament Promises Are Fulfilled in Christ

Rites That Declare Old Testament Promises Are Fulfilled in Christ

7m
Baptism: 1 Corinthians and Galatians

Baptism: 1 Corinthians and Galatians

6m
Baptism: Romans 6

Baptism: Romans 6

6m
The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper

8m

Conclusion to the Course

Enacted Fulfillment of Promises

Enacted Fulfillment of Promises

5m
How Many Sacraments?

How Many Sacraments?

6m
Reviewing the Basics

Reviewing the Basics

5m