Ordinances

Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus commanded His church to practice the two ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion).

Baptism
We believe Scripture indicates that believer’s baptism should be done by immersion (Acts 8:36). Baptism by immersion is a visible, outward declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ and symbolizes our identification with Him in His death, burial, and resurrection. Water baptism is the sign of the New Covenant and symbolizes the cleansing we receive through faith in Christ. We encourage every believer to follow Jesus in water baptism soon after coming to faith. (Acts 2:41; 8:12;10:48;16:14;16:31-34)

NOTE: Child Dedications are done at the request of parents for children who are too young to put their faith in Christ. Child Dedication is not baptism or christening, but a prayer dedicating the child’s life to God (1 Sam 1:10,11).

Communion
Or, the Lord’s Supper (Lords Table), symbolizes Christ’s shed blood and broken body on the cross (Matt. 26:26-29). The Bible says, “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it in remembrance of me.’” (1 Cor. 11:23-25 NIV) We believe that just as food and drink strengthen us physically, so we are strengthened as we feed on Christ spiritually (John 6:53-57). This is illustrated symbolically when participating in the Lord’s Supper. In celebrating communion, we look backward to the cross of Christ, inward to examine ourselves, and forward to proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again (1 Cor. 11:26-28). The communion table at Shoreline Community Church is open to all who have put their faith in Christ.

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