Sacraments

 

The Bible teaches that there are two sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  The pastor sometimes says that the Sunday afternoon nap is a third sacrament but we find no Scriptural warrant for his assertion!

Because God has graciously included children in His covenantal promises we baptize the infant children of believers.  We do not baptize them because of their profession of faith (which they are incapable of) but rather bestow upon them the sign of the covenant, baptism, because the Lord has included them in His covenant.  The pattern was established in the Old Testament, when the sign of the covenant was circumcision.  In the New Testament the pattern was expanded to baptism and became a blood-less sacrament because the Lord Jesus’ blood was shed “once for all.”

We also baptize older children, youth and adults when they make their initial profession of faith.  We do not re-baptize because we believe the purpose of baptism has been fulfilled when they come to faith in Christ.  We accept baptisms from other denominations provided they are Trinitarian, i.e., done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Lord’s Supper is administered to all who have made a profession of faith and been received into the communing membership of the church.  Because we understand this is a means of grace we observe it each week in our worship services.  Just as other components of public worship are practiced weekly we believe the Lord’s Supper should be practiced weekly as well.