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We believe that there are two church ordinances - Baptism and the Lord's Supper. These are acts instituted by Jesus Christ and serve as an outward symbol or reminder of what Jesus did for the believer, and it is a testimony to others of identifying with Jesus Christ.
The importance of baptism
Baptism serves as a picture or a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the believer's identification with Him as a part of His body. Romans 6:3-5 teach us the significance of a believer's being baptized by stating that we are baptized "into" Jesus Christ. That is very plainly that we are connected to Him. Baptism, then, is a picture or a likeness of our identification, and our connection to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Who should be baptized? When should they be baptized?
Only those individuals who have accepted Jesus Christ for their salvation, having received God's free gift of eternal life through faith in the person and work of Christ should be baptized. Why? Because the New Testament teaches us that only those who believed in Jesus Christ were baptized, and that only a true believer can be identified with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
How is someone to be baptized?
Immersion - putting the entire body under water - is the only proper, Biblical mode of believer's baptism. Baptism is a picture or symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ by going under the water and rising out of it (Romans 6:1-6; Colossians 2:12). Complete immersion is the pattern set by the early church. (Acts 8:38-39). The Greek word baptizo, from which we get our English word "baptize" literally means "to immerse" and requires immersion by its very definition.
The Lord's Supper
The importance of the Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper, or the Communion Service, is a reminder to the believer of Christ's substitutionary death on Calvary's cross (I Corinthians 11:23-25). The "bread" is a symbolic reminder of Christ's body, which was put to death for us. (Luke 22:19), and the "cup" is a symbolic reminder of Christ's blood which He shed on Calvary's cross in order to bear the sins of the world. (Luke 22:20).
Who can participate in the Lord's Supper?
Only true believers of Jesus Christ should partake of the Lord's Supper. This ordinance is to be observed by the local church, which should be comprised only of believers (I Corinthians 11:23).
1. What two ordinances are to be observed by the local church today?
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