Gifts of God: The Sacraments
Churches of the Reformed tradition celebrate two sacraments: baptism and communion (also known as the Lord's Supper or Eucharist). We affirm these two sacraments to be ordained by God and instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ (see Matthew 28:19-20 and Matthew 26:26-29).
In baptism we are united to Christ as members of his body, the church; at communion we join with the church in every time and place to give thanks for our salvation in Christ. In baptism we are washed and welcomed by the grace of God; at communion we are nourished and strengthened by that same grace.
The sacraments are "gifts of God for the people of God." They are a visible, tangible, and even "taste-able" way of experiencing God's immeasurable grace and unfathomable goodness--the same grace and goodness we have come to know above all through Jesus Christ, God's Word made flesh.
This study guide and pair of videos are intended to help leaders deepen people's understanding of the sacraments of baptism and communion. The materials are designed to support someone who is leading a small-group discussion or a presentation to a larger group.