Articles of Faith: Church Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper to be observed, with the authority of the local church, until His return. - Matt.28:19,20; I Cor. 11:23-26
Baptism, by immersion, shows faith in the burial and resurrection of Christ, and is testimony by the participant of his death to the old life and his resurrection to a new life in Christ. -Rom. 6:3-13; Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; Matt. 3:6; Acts 2:41,42; John 3:23
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic observance depicting the death of Christ. The elements are: unfermented wine ( or grape juice ) symbolic of the sinless blood of Christ and then unleavened bread signifying His sinless body; preceded always by solemn self-examination. This ordnance is for born again believers who have been baptized. - I Cor. 10:16; Mark 14:22-24; I Cor. 11:23-28; Luke 22:19,20; Matt. 26:26-28; Acts 2:42
Neither Baptism or the Lord's Supper have any saving efficacy.