This article explains the character of the blessing given to those who make a profession of faith. It discusses the scriptural background of the blessing, that it is the Lord's gift of his help, protection, love, and peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 records the blessing often given at the end of a worship service. Whose blessing is this? Who must pronounce it? This article looks at the place of this blessing in the Old Testament, the use of the blessing inside and outside a worship service, and the practice of the minister raising his hands for the blessing.
What do people do when they gather for worship? What does it mean that worshippers gather as the people of God? Chapter 1 considers the fact that God is gathering a people for himself throughout history and that they meet for worship and to receive God’s blessing.
Numbers 6:24-26 records the priestly blessing. This article shows that the priestly blessing functioned both as a declaration and a prayer. Through the blessing God declares His presence to His people. This article looks at the meaning of this blessing, how it was fulfilled in Christ, and the significance of its modern use at the end of the worship service.
This article looks at the question if there is two or three offices in the church. The author discusses the relation between the task of the minister and the elder, and focuses on the preacher as minister of the Word, the administration of the sacraments and the blessing in the worship service. 1 Timothy 5:17 is also discussed in this article.
This article is about the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. This world is under the curse, but it received the blessing from our Lord before he ascended to heaven. Luke 24:50-51 is an important passage in this article.