7. The Ordinances

Michael Engbers Beliefs

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church; Baptism (Matt 28:19) and the Lord’s Supper (Lk. 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).  We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that believer’s baptism in water, into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit was commissioned by Jesus Christ as part of making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20).  It is a public declaration of what has already been experienced on the inside, the miracle of one’s death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Rom. 6:3-5).

We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ as an act of communion and thanksgiving in commemoration of His death for us (Mk. 14:22-26).  Communion serves to remind us of His great sacrifice for us, His promise to return, our essential unity as members of One Body, and of the need for clean relationships in the body of Christ (1 Cor. 11:23-30).  It is the Lord’s Table and is therefore open to all believers regardless of age or denominational allegiance.