Statement of Faith

The Ordinances

We believe that there are two Christian ordinances and that they are symbolical, not sacramental: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

A.Baptism. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; that it sets forth in picture the essential facts in redemption—the death and resurrection of Christ, the essential facts in the experience of the believer—death to sin and resurrection to walk in newness of life, and the essential facts in the hope of the believer—that should he experience physical death he will be raised from the dead to participate in the eternal glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:4.

B.The Lord’s Supper. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death to be observed till He comes; that the elements—the bread and the fruit of the vine—are only symbols of His broken body and shed blood; and that our observance of it is a pictorial testimony of the believer’s fellowship with the crucified Saviour and should be preceded by solemn heart-searching and self-judgment. Matt. 26:26-30; I Cor. 10:16-21; 11:17-34.

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