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The Sacraments

(Tenet No. 7)

1. What is a sacrament?
”An outward seal and sign of an inward work Divine” instituted by the Lord. (1st Cor. 11:26)

2. What are the true Sacraments of the Church?
The Lord’s Supper, and Baptism by immersion in water (1st Cor. 11:23-27, Matt. 28:19, Rom. 6:3-5)

3. What is Baptism the Symbol of?
It is a symbol of our being buried with Christ in death, and then of our being raised with Him to newness of life. (Rom. 6:4)

4. Why do we say that Baptism by immersion in water is a symbol of our death and resurrection?
Because we are commanded to reckon ourselves dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God, of which is the symbol. (Rom. 6:11)

5. Why should Baptism be by immersion?
Because it is the only befitting type of burial and resurrection. Thus was Jesus baptized by John, and the Eunuch by Philip. (Matt. 3:13-16, Acts 8:35-39, Col. 2:12). It is only spiritual method.

6. Is Baptism in water required of every believer?
Yes. Jesus commanded His apostles to go unto all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:38)

7. When was the Lord’s Supper Instituted?
It was instituted by our Lord on the eve of His passion, after He and His disciples had eaten the Passover (Luke 22:17-20)

8. What is the purpose of the Lord’s Supper?
To shew forth the Lord’s death till He come, in loving remembrance of His atoning work for us on Calvary. (Luke 22:19, 1st Cor. 11:24)

9. How is the Lord’s Supper fitted to be the symbol of our Lord’s death?
Although the bread and wine are not the actual body and blood of our Lord, yet the eating and drinking of what are merely emblems speak of our remembrance of His death and our partaking of Him by faith. (1st Cor. 11:24,25)

10. Why should a believer examine himself before partaking of this Sacrament?
Lest he would be eating and drinking “unworthily” and would be “guilty of the body and blood of the Lord”. (1st Cor. 11:27-31)

11. What is one to do should he find himself unfit for the Lord’s Table?
He should examine himself, and make what confession is needed, that he may partake worthily. (1st Cor. 11:28,32)