Article XV. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is

  1. the believer’s immersion in water (Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:6; John 3:23; Romans 6:4-5; Matthew 3:16);
  2. in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19);
  3. to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12); and
  4. an act that in scriptural order precedes the privileges of church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:19-20);

We further believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial service in which the elements of bread and wine remind us of the love of God in Christ Jesus, “Who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all”; that this ordinance is to be observed in anticipation of His coming and preceded always by solemn self-examination (1 Cor. 11:23-28; Romans 8:32).

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