Baptism & Communion
When Bee Ridge Presbyterian talks about baptism or communion, we call them a sacrament. The word "sacrament" means something sacred and mysterious. The bread and grape juice that we periodically share during communion (also called "The Lord's Supper") remind us of Jesus' body and blood that he offered on the cross to forgive our sins. During worship, ordinary bread and juice help us to trust in Jesus' sacred and mysterious love for us and people everywhere.
Church membership is not required to share in the sacrament of communion at Bee Ridge Presbyterian. Everyone who has been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ is welcome to share in the Lord's Supper. During the sacrament of baptism, ordinary water is used by a pastor in a sacred and mysterious way to claim your new identity as a child of God. This water symbolizes the washing away of your sin through the cleansing love of our Savior.
Presbyterians believe that once you have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, you never need to be baptized again. It doesn't matter whether a little water is sprinkled on your head, or a pitcher of water is poured over you, or whether you are dunked all the way under the water. All that matters is that the sacred, mysterious name of God is spoken over you by a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Presbyterians baptize infants of church members because we believe God uses faithful parents and churches in a sacred and mysterious way to help children grow into their baptisms. (Besides, adults don't understand God's love much better than infants do!)
Presbyterians also baptize children and adults who are old enough to trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. Every time people old enough to trust in Jesus decide to be baptized, this shows the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit has opened their heart to receive Jesus' love.