There are two sacraments ordained by Jesus Christ to be administered by the church: these are Baptism and the Lord supper. These two sacraments might best be defined as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
Baptism is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, while the Lord's Supper (sometimes called Communion) is connected with ongoing covenant renewal. In the Lord's Supper, Christians remember Jesus' death in their place for their sins. In Baptism, Christians remember Jesus' resurrection in their place for their salvation and anticipated personal future resurrection. Together, these two sacraments are simultaneously God's initiate to us, they are divinely ordained means of grace, they are our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and they anticipate His return and the consummation of all things.
We love doing Baptisms at Logan Grace Baptist Church. Because Jesus commanded that all members of the new covenant be Baptised with water, so that we rejoice when people become Christians and we invite them to be baptised.
We like to point out, however, that Baptism itself does not "save" someone; you don't become a Christian when you are baptised. Instead, Baptism is a “figure” of that which does save. It is a sign and seal of the covenant of grace instituted by our Lord Jesus. This reminder helps us to focus our attention inward to assess the state of our souls. In what, or whom, do you place your hope of salvation? Regardless of how seemingly good or virtuous or noble your answer, the only salvation is by grace through faith. Any and all works, including Baptism, fail to save. Trust Christ, and Christ alone, for your redemption.
Baptism is a sign. It signifies entrance into the visible new covenant (Christian) community. There are, of course, people who are baptised into the visible Church who are not really and finally saved. People were circumcised into Israel who were not faithful to the old covenant. Neither Baptism nor circumcision are regenerative (faith giving). Undergoing the rite does not confer faith.
a. What Does Baptist Represent?
Baptism is a sign of entrance into the Kingdom of God. Baptism puts us into the visible expression of the Kingdom, and symbolizes entrance into the invisible fullness of the Kingdom. Baptism represents cleansing. It summarises all the purification rites of the Old Testament. The reality of cleansing from sin is by the blood of Christ applied to us, and this is symbolised by the application of water. Therefore, Baptism involves a confession of our sinfulness, since only defiled sinners need to be cleansed. Appropriately, water is used because it makes us fresh and clean. Just so, Baptism represents our new birth into the new life in Christ. We are born again by water and the spirit.
b. What Does Baptism Achieve?
Baptism signifies our death in Jesus’ death and our resurrection to a new life in His resurrection. It symbolizes our acceptance of a call to join Christ in His humiliation, that we might also join Him in His exultation. It is possible to be saved and yet not baptised – though one should be. God commands us to join His church. To do that, we must be baptised. So, a person should make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour before entering the visible Church by Baptism.
c. Who should be baptised?
Any person of any age who makes a credible profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ should be baptised.
d. What about baptising children?
If a child is twelve years old and can make a credible profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ then he or she should be baptised.
e. What about baptising babies?
Logan Grace Baptist Church don’t baptise babies who cannot make a profession of faith. We will, be happy to join with the parent or parents as a church community to dedicate their baby to the Lord, as vows are made to raise the child to know Jesus and the Gospel of salvation for themselves. Scripture teaches that babies of believers receive the special grace of having Christian parents and we are committed to make every effort to assist parents to raise their children to know the Lord. God’s children are children by faith not by birth, God is a covenant making and covenant keeping God, who works through His people to achieve His purposes. He has promised that He will show mercy from generation to generation, and we rejoice when we see His promises fulfilled in the lives of our Church families.
f. How should Baptism be done?
The sacrament of Baptism involves the application of water to the body of the person being baptised. We don’t believe that Even the Bible did not sufficiently prescriptive any particular mode of Baptism. Church tradition since the time of the early church has seen people sprinkled with water, washed with water, have water poured on them, or even being fully immersed in a pool of water, river or lake. At Logan Grace Baptist Church we follow baptism by immersion. We feel it best describes the symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
g. What about re-Baptism?
This question arises if a person was baptised as a child, and then comes to faith later as an adult – should they be baptised again? At Logan Grace Baptist Church we are saying yes. Because, when a person is a child he/she cannot make a profession of faith. So, when he/she become adult he/she know what is good and what is bad. If the person want to be baptised as an adult then we are happy to baptise him. At Logan Grace Baptist Church we do not re-Baptise adults who have already been baptised before as an adult.
2. The Lord's Supper
At Logan Grace Baptist Church we celebrate The Lord’s Supper on the first weekend of every month. We do this during our regular weekly worship services on that weekend.
The Lord’s Supper is primarily a time when we join together around a symbolic meal to remember what the Lord Jesus has done for us. From God’s Word we find that the sacrament has four practical purposes:
It reminds us in a dramatic manner of the death of Jesus Christ in our place for our sins.
It calls Christians to put their sin to death in light of the fact that Jesus died for our sins and compels us to examine ourselves and repent of sin before partaking.
It shows the unity of God’s people around the person and work of Jesus.
It anticipates our participation in the marriage supper of the Lamb when His Kingdom comes in its fullness.
In the New Testament, God’s Word teaches us that Christians should participate regularly in the Lord’s Supper. Partaking in the Lord’s Supper involves a recognition that, for Christians, the benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice include communion with both God and one another – and in faith Christians are to partake of the Lord’s Supper until one day they see Jesus and sit to eat with Him as friends in His Kingdom.
In the Gospel of John Chapter 6, where it records Jesus miraculously feeding of over 5,000 people, Jesus warns the people that consuming physical food will not provide eternal life. Instead, He told them to feed on Himself – not literally of course, but by faith. Through faith in Jesus and partaking of Him they would live forever, for union with Jesus means salvation. We meet Jesus at His table, to which He comes to give Himself to us. As we receive the elements of the bread and the wine in the presence of Christ, so we partake of Him and all His benefits. We “feed upon Him in our hearts” with thanksgiving.
a. What Does the Lord’s Supper Involve?
On the night before Jesus was betrayed and taken away for crucifixion, He joined with His disciples in celebrating a Jewish Passover meal. During this meal, Jesus took bread and wine and told His disciples that these elements represented His body and blood. As He broke the bread and poured out the wine to share with His disciples, Jesus said this represented His broken body and His shed blood. In doing this, Jesus named Himself as the true “lamb of the Passover” whose death would deliver His people from the bondage of sin. They shared the bread and wine together and Jesus told them to repeat what they had just done as a means of remembering Him and His atoning death. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper today, we essentially do the same thing. We take bread and we take wine, sharing them together as we remember what these elements represent – the broken body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus, who died that our sins might be forgiven. The Lord’s Supper is to be considered as participation in a family around a table rather than a sacrifice on an altar. Furthermore, it should be an occasion when God’s loving grace impacts us deeply so that the Gospel takes deeper and deeper root in our lives.
b. How Is Christ Present At the Lord’s Supper?
While the bread and the wine symbolise the body and blood of Christ, Jesus is spiritually present in a special way as we share and receive the bread and wine. Jesus promised to be present whenever Christians gather for worship – Where two or more gather together in my name, I am there among them.
c. Who should participate In the Lord’s Supper?
Only Christians should participate in The Lord’s Supper because the sacrament is a sign of being a Christian and continuing to live the Christian life. People who are not professing Christians should not participate, and we should not encourage them to until they have professed faith in Christ. Christians who come to the Lord’s Table are warned to examine themselves (1 Corinthians 11). Their behaviour must be consistent with the Gospel they claim to embrace. Before they participate in the meal, they should examine themselves in terms of their attitudes toward other believers, because the Lord’s Supper itself is a place of proclaiming the Gospel. Children who have professed faith in Christ may participate in the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is not a pre-requisite for participation in the Lord’s Supper, however we encourage someone who has professed faith in Christ to be baptised at the earliest opportunity.
d. Who Should Administer the Lord’s Supper?
Scripture gives no clear teaching on who should administer the Lord’s Supper. At Logan Grace Baptist Church we therefore, conclude that we may decide what is wise and appropriate for the benefit of the believers in the Church. So we conclude that one of our Pastors or Elders will lead the congregation during the celebration of the sacrament. Both men and women may assist in distributing the bread and wine.
e. How Often Should the Lord’s Supper Be Celebrated?
Scripture does not tell us, however, the sense of the biblical passages on this subject would imply it being a regular practice. At Logan Grace Baptist Church, we have decided that a monthly observance is a nice balance between hardly ever and every week.