God appointed two ordinances to the church: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also called the Lord’s Table and Communion). Baptism consists of the declaration of one’s salvation, of being “in Christ Jesus” by faith.
Baptism symbolizes our commitment of faith;
the Lord’s Supper symbolizes our obligation to brotherly love and to the “one anothers.”
Baptism is our Godward obedience;
the Lord’s Supper is our brotherward obedience.
The Lord’s Supper provides a picture of the full program of redemption:
- It requires Christ’s incarnation: “My body . . . My blood” (Matthew 26:26–29).
- It demands Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice: “for you” (Luke 22:19).