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His Sacraments

New City Catechism Q43: What are the sacraments?

1. What are Sacraments?
Sacraments reveal the covenant relationship between Jesus and His people. The two Sacraments (Baptism and The Lord's Supper) are celebratory experiences which represent our inward heart change. Each sacrament has a special relationship to the inward heart change it represents.

2. What is accomplished in the sacraments?
Sacraments serve to remind us of the grace provided to us on the cross and stirs up a thankfulness in our hearts for that sacrifice. A person does not receive grace by performing the sacraments; rather performing the sacraments represents the covenant of grace that Christ delivers to us through the work of the Holy Spirit.

3. What is Baptism?
Baptism is the sacrament that represents people joining the family of God. It demonstrates the cleansing of sins and renewal of the heart for service to Christ and his church. Baptism is not a declaration of an individual's decision to make a heart change but a confirmation of receiving the work of Jesus in the heart of the believer.

4. Do we Baptize Infants/ Children?
Baptism replaces circumcision as the outward expression of membership in God’s covenant family (opening up participation in it to females and non-Jews). The benefits of the New Covenant established by Christ are inclusive of the benefits of the Old Covenant. And because entire households were circumcised under the Old Covenant, we believe that the children of believers should also take part in baptism under the New Covenant. Baptizing infants and children does not guarantee their salvation, neither in that moment nor in the future. Rather, it is an act of faith made by the covenant community that God will bring this child into a saving knowledge of Himself, a claim to God’s promises for the child, and a commitment of the covenant community to raise the child in the fear and knowledge of God.

5. How do I get Baptized?
Scriptures teaches that adults should be examined in their faith and share their testimony as to how God has called them from their former life. We invite people to come together and grow in a time of learning with a pastor at Canyon Creek so we can answer any questions you might have and we can hear of the work done in your heart. Afterward, we will invite you to come before the entire congregation so all can celebrate your coming into the Kingdom of God and any infant(s)/ child(ren) in your family.

New City Catechism Q46: What is the Lord’s Supper?

6. What is The Lord's Supper?
Communion is the second sacrament given to us by Jesus as an ongoing reminder of his Passion for his people. Communion was started on the night before Jesus was taken to the cross. Jesus had gathered his disciples around him and prepared their hearts for the coming events which would be shocking and disheartening:

19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” Luke 22:19-22

7. What is celebrated  in the Lord's Supper?
We celebrate Jesus by remembering the sacrifice that he made for us on the cross, offering himself in all of his glory in order that we might be saved to Him. We also celebrate the present moment where we are being nourished through the Holy Spirit as we experience again the wonder of his grace and mercy in our heart and mind. Finally, we anticipate the glorious future where we will be united with God as one family worshipping and celebrating Him for all eternity.

8. Who can partake in the Lord’s Supper?
All who would claim Jesus as Lord and Savior. Scripture clearly teaches that we must come with an examined heart and a spirit of unity within the body of Christ. We are not to take this as a mere ritual or rite of passage. Remembering again this is an outward sign of an inward reality. The power for the Sacraments comes through the power of the Holy Spirit not the material articles of the Sacrament itself.