By Steve Jeffery, 02 Feb 2015
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are often marginalized in evangelical churches. Perhaps we’re nervous, since the sacraments have been misunderstood in the past. Or perhaps we just can't see the point of them - what impact could bread, wine and water have on our lives?
This neglect of the sacraments sits uncomfortably alongside the teaching of Scripture. Jesus promised to give his flesh as bread for the life of the world, and declared that unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we will have no life within us. Paul taught that in baptism we are united with Christ in his death and resurrection, and the apostle Peter (with scant regard, it seems, for our gnostic sensibilities) has the audacity to declare that baptism saves us.
How can we do justice to these biblical statements, while avoiding the errors of previous generations?
What does the Bible really teach about Baptism and the Lord’s Supper? Could we be missing something very significant? Is it possible that rediscovering the Bible’s teaching about the sacraments could help us grow in personal godliness and Christian maturity, deepen the relationships within our churches, and strengthen our evangelistic witness to the world?