At Calvary The Cross we recognize baptism and communion as the two ordinances set forth to administer within the church today.
We believe that Christian baptism by immersion in water is a public identification with Jesus Christ; in His death, burial, and resurrection. Although baptism is not required for salvation, it is commanded of all believers and is strictly limited to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. In fulfilling this command we are acting in obedience to our Lord.
“… this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” 1 Peter 3:21
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
Communion is the commemoration by believers of Christ's death and a reminder that through the Savior's broken body and shed blood represented by the bread and the cup, our sins have been forgiven. Communion is to be a time of confession of our sin and should be preceded by a time of reflection of all that the Lord Jesus has done for us!
“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:17-19
We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month