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Why do we sing the Gloria in Excelsis in our worship services on Sunday mornings?

We sing this ancient song to give glory to God for His goodness and mercy toward us in Christ Jesus. Christians sang this song already in the second and third centuries, and we join with these believers and believers of all time in praising the true God.

As the angels sang “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” after telling the shepherds the good news that Christ Jesus, the Savior, had been born (Luke 2:14), so we sing with the angels: “Glory be to God on high: and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

We continue our song of prayer and praise (with the angels of God and believers of all time) by giving glory to the one and only true God (the Triune God): to the almighty Father and our heavenly King; to Jesus Christ, who is God the Son and our Savior who came into this world as a man to be sacrificed on the cross for us and to take away the sins of all people; and to the Holy Spirit, who is true God with the Father and the Son. We sing the words of John the Baptist concerning Jesus from John 1:29: “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

We glorify God, saying: “We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord. Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Why do we confess our sins at the beginning of church services every Sunday?

We confess our sins because we are unworthy to stand in God’s presence because of our sinfulness but God promises to forgive our sins when we confess them and trust in Jesus and His death on the cross for the sins of all people.

The Bible says:

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God….” Romans 3:23

“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’” Luke 18:13

“I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Psalm 32:5
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9

Why does the pastor tell us our sins are forgiven?

The pastor speaks God’s Word to us and tells us that our sins are forgiven because Jesus died on the cross for the sins of all people and rose again in victory. Because Jesus suffered the punishment for our sins, God is gracious and merciful and forgives the sins of all who trust in Jesus as their Savior.

The Bible says:

“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures….” 1 Corinthians 15:3,4

“If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2

“In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace….” Ephesians 1:7

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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What is Baptism?

Baptism means to wash, and in Christian Baptism water is used as commanded in God’s Word to wash away our sins and make us children of God.

And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26-27

Why do we baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

Because the true God is one God and three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And, Jesus commanded His disciples to baptize in this way.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

Why do we also baptize little children and even babies?

Because Jesus commanded that all people be baptized and because they too are guilty of sin before God and need God’s forgiveness so that they can be a part of God’s kingdom and go to heaven.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5

Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5

Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. Acts 2:38-39

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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