Bible List of Christian Practices and Rituals – Part Two

This is the second part of the Bible list of Christian practices, rituals, and ceremonies. This Bible list provides a listing of key Christian practices to include a short definition and key scripture references that elaborate on the meaning and purpose of these rituals and practices. This Bible list of Christian practices and rituals include baptism, communion, worship services, prayer, Bible study, evangelism, ordination, marriage, and healing. See below for part two of the definition and meaning of key Christian practices, rituals, and ceremonies. Click Here for part one of this Bible List

Marriage, the Sacred Union

Marriage of Giovanni Arnolfini

5. Bible Study.

Definition: study of the Bible by ordinary people as a personal religious or spiritual practice; can be done alone or in a group.

Bible References: Acts 2:42 tells us that early Christians met regularly to learn “… the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”; Study of the Jewish Old Testament is central to the understanding of Christian doctrine. Jesus tells us in Luke 24:44 of the prophecies from ” … the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me”.; 2nd Timothy 3:16 tells us “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

6. Evangelism.

Definition: to tell people about Christianity in order to persuade them to become Christians.

Bible References: Ephesians 4:11 tells us that evangelist are “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”; In Mark 16:15, Jesus told the disciples “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

7. Ordination.

Definition: a ceremony in which someone is commissioned or appointed to a position within the church.

Bible References: In Acts 6:6 men were ordained to be deacons of the church of Jerusalem where “… they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.”; In Titus 1:5, Paul ordained elders in many cities to oversee the churches.

8. Marriage.

Definition: an exclusive and sacred union between one man and one woman.

Bible References: In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus says, “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder”. ; 2nd Corinthians 6:14 advises Christians to not be “unequally yoked” with non-believers; Ephesians 5:21-32 provides detail instructions on how a husband and wife should treat each other within the sacred union of marriage.

9. Healing.

Definition: overcoming bodily weakness or disease by divine power.

Bible References: John 20:30-31 tells us that one of the reasons that Jesus healed was “… that believing ye might have life through his name.”; See the Miracles of Jesus that identifies the scriptures where Jesus performed miracles to include many healings.; Miracles of healing continue after Jesus’ ministry on earth as evident with Peter’s healing of the man at gate Beautiful. Acts 3:7 says, ”And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength”.

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