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Missionary Baptist Church

"Worshipping in the Spirit of Excellence"
Jerry D. McAlister, Senior Pastor

1315 Prater Way
Sparks, NV 89431
Phone: 775-331-0330

Ordinances of the Church

It is generally admitted that for an ordinance to be valid, it must have been instituted by Christ. When we speak of ordinances of the church, we are speaking of those instituted by Christ, in which by sensible signs the grace of God in Christ, and the benefits of the covenant of grace are represented, sealed, and applied to believers, and these in turn give expression to their faith and allegiance to God. New Jerusalem Baptist Church recognizes three ordinances as having been instituted by Christ himself and therefore, binding upon the church practice.


I. The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion)

The Lord’s Supper symbolizes the Lord’s death and suffering for the benefit and in the place of His people. It also symbolizes the believers’ participation in the crucified Christ. It represents not only the death of Christ as the object of faith which unites the believers to Christ, but also the effect of this act as the giving of life, strength, and joy to the soul. The communicant by faith enters into a special spiritual union of his soul with the glorified Christ.
(I Cor. 11:17-34)


II. Washing of Feet

Washing of feet is practiced and recognized as an ordinance in our Church because Christ, by His example, showed that humility characterized greatness in the Kingdom of God, and that service, rendered to others gave evidence that humility, motivated by love, exists.
(John 13:1-20)


III. Water Baptism

We believe that Water Baptism is essential as instructed by Christ.

"Baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit..."

We believe that baptism is not essential for salvation. We believe that baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. Romans 10:10 says, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Every Christian should be baptized not in order to be Saved, but because he/she is Saved. Scriptural baptism is by immersion. The Greek word for "baptize" means immerse and never means sprinkle or pour. It also represents regeneration and purification. It represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
(St. Matthew 28:19-20)

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What We Believe
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