SACRAMENTS IN WORSHIP
Sacraments are a very important part of worship. According to the Westminster Confession of Faith (27.1), “Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him: as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the Church and the rest of the world; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to His Word.”
Sacraments are signs in that they signify and represent a spiritual reality. They are seals in that they confirm the Christian’s position in Christ. There are two sacraments instituted by Christ: baptism, and the Lord’s Supper (Communion).
Baptism with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit represents the Christian’s rebirth or regeneration in Christ, the forgiveness of sins, the believer’s yielding of his/her life over to Christ, and the individual’s incorporation into the Church (Matthew 28:18-20). Those who profess a faith in Jesus Christ (and who have not been previously baptized) and the children of believing parents are the rightful recipients of baptism. At Eternal, we believe that Scripture is open in regard to mode of baptism (i.e. pouring, sprinkling, or immersion). If you are interested in being baptized or having your child baptized, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LORD'S SUPPER / COMMUNION
WCF 29.1 states, “Our Lord Jesus, in the night wherein He was betrayed, instituted the sacrament of His body and blood, called the Lord’s Supper, to be observed in His Church, unto the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance of the sacrifice of Himself in His death; the sealing all benefits thereof unto true believers, their spiritual nourishment and growth in Him, their further engagement in and to all duties which they owe unto Him; and, to be a bond and pledge of their communion with Him, and with each other, as members of His mystical body.” (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, and Luke 22:3-6 for the institution of the Lord’s Supper).
The elements of Communion, bread and wine/juice, represent respectively the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and they are to be taken by believers in remembrance of Christ and His death for our sins. (See 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 for instructions on the proper administration of the Lord’s Supper.)
At Eternal, we welcome all those who have believed in Jesus Christ for salvation to join in taking Communion. We ask that believing children share a testimony of their faith in Christ with the Session (elders) prior to taking Communion. To talk with a pastor or set up a time for your child to visit with the Session, please e-mail email@example.com.