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).
Yesterday at church I heard a great message by Nathan Busenitz on Ecclesiastes 11-12. After the message we celebrated communion and it was a great reminder of the Church as community. We celebrate many things as the covenant community when we participate in communion and also in baptism. Both are expressions of the covenant community to the world. The Lord’s Supper is an expression of celebration and baptism is an expression of the gospel to the world. This blog is a follow up to The Church as Community.
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