The Sacramental Church:
Because it is by faith that we belong to Christ's Church, we recognize that the Church is found wherever those faith-giving gifts are present. Therefore, our lives as Christians are rooted in the Word, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper.
The Word: Through the reading of the Scriptures, as well as through preaching on that Word, God teaches us who He is and brings us to trust in the forgiveness of sins that He won for us through the blood of Christ.
Baptism: We believe that Baptism is not an act of man's obedience to God, but rather is an act of God's mercy to man, where He gives to individuals the salvation that Jesus won for the world upon the cross. As Paul describes in Romans 6:4, baptism is an act whereby God drowns our sinful nature and raises us up to a new life where we can be called His very own children. We also believe that this rebirth of water and the Spirit, this gift of life, is one that Christ desires to give to all people, including infants.
The Lord's Supper: We believe that the Lord's Supper is not a mere symbolic meal, but rather is the means through which Jesus Christ comes to us physically and where we eat the very same flesh and drink the same blood that were broken and shed for us upon the cross. Just as in Baptism, it is through this Holy Meal that God gives us everything won for us in the Cross.
And because Christ promises all of His nail-pierced salvation to those who faithfully eat His body and drink His blood, we joyfully celebrate the Lord's Supper each week. Likewise, because Christ also warns against partaking of His body and blood in an unworthy and divided manner, we ask that all visitors who have not communed with us before speak with our pastor before approaching the altar.