The early Church, following Jesus, took three primary material elements of life—water, bread, and wine—to become basic symbols of offering life to God as Jesus had offered his life. Being washed with the water of baptism, Christians received new life in Christ and presented their bodies to be living sacrifices to God. Eating bread and drinking wine, they received the sustaining presence of Christ, remembered God’s covenant promise, and pledged their obedience anew.
The Reformed tradition understands baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be sacraments, instituted by God and commended by Christ. Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church. They are symbols of God’s action. Through the sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service.
If you are interested in receiving the sacrament of baptism at First Church, contact the pastor with your baptism questions.