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Sacraments

Baptism and communion are the two sacraments of the protestant church. In the PCA we practice infant baptism. We believe that baptism emphatically, publicly, and visibly marks the infant as a member of God's family of grace. This is a great blessing for the child. In it, God holds out the gift of salvation for the child. It is theirs. We eagerly anticipate the day that they will embrace it as their own, at which point the child begins to participate in the second sacrament-- communion.

Baptism initiates. Communion maintains.

For this reason, baptism should always precede communion for everyone. Communion is the outward sign of the inward work of Christ. Feasting on Christ strengthens and sustains our faith on a regular basis, so at Redeemer we take communion every week. We believe that the Last Supper was a Passover meal - the Ultimate Passover with Christ playing the part of the sacrificial lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). Passover is our model for communion. In Exodus 12:24-27 we read that children are participating in the Passover meal, asking questions about what is taking place. Our understanding is that children were welcome to eat the passover meal as soon as they understood and owned their faith, so in that model, baptism and understanding of faith is what we ask of everyone who partakes of communion.