Since the earliest days of the Church believers have understood the signifi cance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the life of the community. In baptism we not only fulfi ll the Lord’s command (Mt. 28:18-20) but we outwardly demonstrate the inner reality of God’s grace in our lives as we come to Christ in repentance and faith. Through Baptism, God has graciously provided for His children a physical act through which the truths of salvation are proclaimed. Throughout the Word of God, water witnesses to new creation and a believer’s life in Christ, a new identity as one washed clean and regnerated by the Spirit to live in holiness and righteousness, and a reception into a new community through Christ expressed in participation in the local church.
At Trinity Fellowship we practice believer’s baptism, believing that the New Testament teaches baptism following conversion by both precept and example. Baptism is by immersion except in cases where immersion is not possible. Baptisms are celebrated several times a year. Preparation for baptism classes are offered and required for candidates prior to baptisms. Baptisms within other Christian traditions and practices are recognized for membership.
While baptism publicly marks our connection and commitment to the Church – the body of Christ, the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper is the weekly remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection which encourages, nourishes, and sustains the community. The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10: 16-17 spoke against idolatry by comparing the unity and communion between Christ and His people in the Lord’s Supper. Paul writes: “Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation (Greek koinonia, a “sharing,” “fellowship”) in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?” Paul taught that there was a true connectedness to Christ and to his grace when we come to the Lord’s Supper. At Trinity Fellowship we believe the Lord’s Supper is not only a remembrance of Christ’s work but that He is spiritually present with us as we come by faith to Him. Through the Lord’s Supper we experience his forgiveness, his love, and his presence in our midst. Thus the Supper is not a minor part of our worship but a central focus of our worship each Sunday morning, just as it has been for the church historically for almost two thousand years.