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sacraments

We believe that a sacrament is something instituted by Christ Himself, that has a visible, tangible element, and gives those who receive them the forgiveness of sins. With this view of the sacraments, we have only two:

BAPTISM is the application of water in the name of the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and in response to the command and promises of Jesus. In Baptism, we believe God is acting to embrace and adopt us as members of His family. We baptize all people, as all are in need of this gracious gift of God.

COMMUNION, The Lord's Supper, is a sacred meal shared with baptized Christians as a way of connecting with God and with one another. In The Lord's Supper, we believe God is acting in and through Jesus Christ to extend forgiveness for sins and to empower His people to live fully for him.

Scripture calls us to examine our lives as we prepare to receive the Lord's Supper. In doing this we are to ask ourselves the questions:

  • Am I a sinner in need of forgiveness?
  • Does that forgiveness come from Christ and what he did for me on the cross?
  • Do I acknowledge that in this meal I receive Christ's body and blood with the bread and the wine, even if I do not fully understand how this works?
  • Do I desire to live a new life and to walk as God has called me to live?
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