Baptism & The Lord’s Supper
Taken from Article 20 – Ordinances – of the Articles of Faith of the Bible Fellowship Church
Water baptism, 1 the immersion of the believer, is a visible testimony to the work of regeneration 2 and a mark of identification and union with Christ. 3 It has no saving or cleansing power, but it is the answer of a good conscience before God; hence, it should be administered only to those who have, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, realized the forgiveness of sins and possess the assurance of acceptance with God.
1 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” (Acts 8:36).
2 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day (Acts 2:41).
3 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Mat.28:19,20). Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life (Rom.6:3,4). In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead (Col.2:11,12).
20-2 The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the New Testament,1 in which, by the giving and receiving of bread and wine, according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, His death is proclaimed. 2 Those who worthily partake in this remembrance of Him feed upon Him to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace, 3 have their union and communion with Him confirmed, and testify and renew their thankfulness and commitment to God 4 and their mutual love and fellowship each with the other as members of the same mystical body.5 The Scriptures direct that each one spiritually examine himself before partaking of the bread and the cup “until He come.”6
1 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:19,20).
2 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1Cor.11:26).
3 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him (John 6:55,56).
4 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons (1Cor.10:21).
5 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf (1Cor.10:17).
6 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1Cor.11:26).