The Ordinances of the Church
The ordinances -- baptism and the Lord's supper -- are symbolic in nature, and ordained and commanded by Jesus.
1. Baptism points to Jesus (Matt 28:19)
What does baptism represent?
- Washing away of sin (Acts 22:12-16)
- Death of old life (Rom 6:1-3)
- Arising of new life (Rom 6:4)
What modes of baptism are there?
- There are different modes adopted, but immersion conveys the above meaning of baptism most clearly.
- What about infant baptism? In light of the meaning of baptism, and holding to the baptism of believers, we believe that baptism is carried out if there is a clear demonstration of repentance, and at an age of accountability.
2. Lord's supper points us to Jesus (Matt 26:26-29)
What do the elements represent?
- The bread represents Jesus' body.
- The cup represents his blood
What is the significance of the Lord's supper?
- It is to remember the death of Jesus, and to anticipate his return
What is the posture to adopt while partaking the Lord's supper?
- All believers are to do so under close examination of their hearts, especially in light of Christ's saving work which the Lord's supper represents (1 Cor 11:27-29).
3. These two ordinances act as marks of a true church
- Obedience to the command
- Outward sign and testimony to the world
- Serves as a reminder of the optimism we can have in Jesus' victory, for the past, present, and future.
- For those that are non-believers, personalise faith in Jesus
- For the Christians, publicise faith and be a bold witness.