Baptism  and the Lord’s Supper

The New Testament sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper wer14301093354_9a52defab0_ke established by God to declare the promise of the gospel  to us and to put God’s own seal on this promise.  And what is the promise of the gospel? It is that in the finished work of Christ, meaning his death and resurrection, he has forgiven our sins and give us eternal life not by works by grace alone because of Christ.

In the gospel, God promises to save us from our sins, and in the sacraments he confirms his promise, “I am your God and you are my people”.  The emphasis is on what God does for sinners in the person of his son, Jesus, and not on the strength of a sinner’s faith, or the purity of one’s heart. Faith does not make the sacrament. Faith does not create the promise of God. God’s promise comes before faith and through faith. Nevertheless, the blessing comes as we by faith receive the sacraments. The sacrament is like the Word preached; it comes with God’s promise to all who will receive it. But only those who receive it by faith receive the blessing. The promise of God is there. The promise of God is real. The promise of God is reliable. But for the fruit of that promise to take root in our hearts, we must receive and live in it by faith

Infant/Child Baptism

Baptism is focused on our initiation into Christ’s visible church. We baptize the children of believers by virtue of their membership in the visible church and covenant people of God.  We believe our children are included with us in the visible church and brought up as disciples in the Christian faith because that is the way God reveals it in his Word.

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is the Christian Passover. In the Old Testament the Passover looked forward to Christ.  In both Passover and the Lord’s Supper, a symbol of Christ is eaten. In both, “remembrance” is central. In both, one eats with, anticipation of the consummation of the one’s salvation. Because Jesus inaugurated a “new covenant,” (1 Corinthians 11:25), the form is changed, but the central significance is the same.  In both, by eating, one participates in the benefits of the Passover Lamb, Christ. The Passover was fulfilled by and superseded by the Lord’s Table.  The Lord’s Supper is the Christian equivalent of the New Passover service where we feed upon a symbol of Christ, participate in His benefits, are nourished and strengthen in our faith and anticipate His return.

Past dates

  •   The Lord's Supper is served and received. Only grape juice is served and gluten free bread is available. Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 10:00am
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