Baptism and Communion
In obedience to the Lord Jesus, at Howick Baptist Church we practice two ordinances: baptism (Matt. 28:19) and the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:23), also known as communion. Neither of these ordinances bring about salvation, which comes only by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 2:16).
What is baptism?
Baptism is a symbol of beginning the Christian life, intended for a believer who has made a profession of faith in Christ and has shown evidence that they have a living relationship with Christ.
By being baptised, a follower of Jesus is publicly declaring that he or she has died to their old nature and way of living, and have been given ‘new birth’ and a new way of life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
At Howick Baptist Church, we believe and practice baptism by immersion, which vividly portrays the reality of a believer’s union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection.
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4 (ESV)
Who should be baptised?
Only those believers who give a believable profession of faith and show practical evidence of their belief and obedience to Christ.
How can I be baptised?
- Register your interest to be baptised by completing one of the cards found in the church pews.
- Speak to either one of the elders / pastors.
We offer regular baptism classes which provide a great opportunity to gain a more clear understanding of baptism, along with meeting one of our elders to affirm your readiness. You would then be baptised during one of our Sunday services and be able to share the occasion with family and friends.
Communion (or the Lord’s Table) is the ordinance which uniquely depicts continuing fellowship with Christ. It is a repeated act whereby the believer remembers the Lord’s death and renews his commitment to participation in the Lord and his church, until His return (1 Cor. 11:27-34). In eating and drinking elements that symbolise Christ’s body and blood, the believer is nourished and strengthened to grow in grace (1 Cor. 10:16).
At Howick Baptist Church, we remember the Lord’s Table on the second Sunday of each month. If you are a Christian in right standing with God and your fellow believers, we encourage you to partake of the bread and grape juice with us – otherwise you may simply let them pass by you.