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The Identity of the Church
The church is the people that Jesus Christ has rescued and is transforming by His death and resurrection. God has given us two ways to express our identity as those saved by Jesus with rich signs.
Initial identification with Christ and His church – In baptism we express our faith in Christ and we publicly identify with Him and His body. Baptism
Ongoing identification with Christ and His church – In the Lord’s Supper we express and renew our dependence on Christ and our commitment to Him and to His people, the church. The Lord’s Supper
1. Baptism The invisible in-working of salvation accomplished by God The visible out-working of salvation expressed in baptism
Baptism is the way that the New Testament teaches that we express our faith in Christ publicly, identifying with Him and with all those who have identified with Him (the church).
2. The Lord’s Supper Context of the Lord’s Supper: The Passover Meal The Lord’s Supper is the ordinance by which we remember Christ’s death that purchased us and has made us His people, the church. It is also the ordinance by which we proclaim His death, looking forward to His return. In the Lord’s Supper, we continue to recognize and celebrate our identity as the body of Christ and to express our commitment to living in a manner worthy of Christ in the context of the church.
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