What We Believe As Baptist
Week #10 What We Believe About The Ordinances
Article 7 of The Baptist Faith and Message: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
“Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
“The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.”
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.
- Ordinances not Sacraments.
- The word sacrament comes from the Latin word, “sacramentum,” which described the oath of loyalty a Roman legionnaire would swear to his commanding officer.
- In the sense that we observe baptism and the Lord’s Supper in allegiance to our Master, Jesus, we could call these events sacraments.
- But over the years the word has taken on a different meaning.
- According to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, a sacrament is something which, by its very nature, is a means whereby the grace of God is conveyed.
- In other words, they teach that when one is baptized or takes communion, by that act itself their sins are forgiven.
- WE DO NOT BELIEVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- We refer to Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as ordinances.
- An ordinance is a command which our Lord has directed us to obey.
- It is symbolic in its nature and carries with it all of the blessings which normally accompany obedience.
- The Ordinance of Baptism.
- Baptism is a personal step of obedience.
- Does Baptism save you?
- Who is to be Baptized?
1) Only believers, or disciples of Jesus
- Who should not be Baptized?
2) Those who are not saved.
- Baptism is a public statement of faith.
- Baptism is a perfect symbol of death, burial and resurrection.
- The Greek word from which we get our word Baptize, the word, (bap-tid’-zo) baptizo, literally means “to immerse.”
- So baptism is by immersion in water, not sprinkling or pouring.
III. The Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.
1 Corinthians 11
- The bread is symbolic of the broken body of our Lord.
- His body was broken so our broken souls could be healed.
- The cup is symbolic of the blood of the covenant.
- A covenant is the same thing as a Testament.
- The Old Testament, or old covenant, was one which was based on the blood of sheep and oxen whereby the High Priest would have to go to the temple once each year and make atonement for the sins of the people.
- When Jesus died, He fulfilled the law and instituted a New Covenant, or New Testament.
- One which was ratified or established on the strength of His shed blood.
- Jesus is coming again to take us home.
1 Corinthians 11:26
- Called to a Different Way of Life.
- There are at least five things these ordinances call us to do.
- These ordinances call us to Reflection.
- The Ordinances call us to Remembrance.
1 Peter 1:18-19
- The Ordinances call us to Repentance.
1 Corinthians 11:27-31.
- The Ordinances call us to Reconciliation.
1 Corinthians 11
- The Ordinances call us to Recommitment.