The Reformed tradition understands Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be Sacraments, instituted by God and commended by Christ. Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God’s action. Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service (W-1.3033(2)).
Baptism symbolizes God’s calling in our lives. It is more than cleansing of sin and renouncement of evil. In Baptism we participate in Christ’s death and resurrection. “We die to what separates us from God and are raised to newness of life in Christ” (W-2.3002).
In Baptism we are initiated into the Body of Christ, the Church. By the power of the Holy Spirit, not only are we united with Christ through faith, “Baptism unites the people of God with each other and with the church of every time and place”( W-2.3005).
To learn more about Baptism at FPCSL, contact our church office.