About Baptism

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   The Lutheran Church has two Sacraments, Baptism and Holy Communion. Other rites and ceremonies, such as confirmation, ordination, and marriage, are highly valued by Lutherans, but are not considered sacramental according to Lutheran definition.


     A sacrament in the Lutheran Church is a holy act or ceremony which (1) is commanded by Christ and contains his promise of the forgiveness of sins, and (2) utilizes natural elements (water or bread and wine) as “visible signs of God’s invisible grace.”


     Baptism is the sacrament of the church which normally initiates the life of faith through the bestowal of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins. It is a sacrament administered only once to each individual.


     Holy Communion, on the other hand, is a sacrament observed regularly by a Christian as a continual source of spiritual sustenance and renewal.


       Along with the Word of God (the scriptures and the preached word), the sacraments are also sometimes called “the means of grace,” a theological concept which describes the ways God has chosen to bestow the gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation.

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