Baptism is an act of God upon the person being baptized; an act in which the Lord gives to the baptized the benefits, blessings, and gifts which Christ purchased and won for us with His sacrificial death on the cross. Like the Word of God and Holy Communion, Baptism is a God-appointed delivery vehicle for the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation.
For further study, see Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, John 3:3-5, Acts 2:37-39, Romans 6:1-4, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:5, Ephesians 5:26, Colossians 2:11-14, Titus 3:5-7, 1 Peter 3:18-21.
Holy Communion at Prince of Peace
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as he says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but his very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with him and with one another. Our Lord invites to his table those who trust his words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as he forgives and loves us, that they may show forth his death until he comes.
Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor or an elder.
For further study, see Matthew 5:23 and following.; Matthew 10:32 and following.; Matthew 18:15-35; 26:26-29; also 1 Corinthians10:16-17, 11:17-34.