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CHAPTER 7 - THE SACRAMENTS OF BAPTISM BY IMMERSION AND OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

7.1 BAPTISM IN WATER BY IMMERSION

No one should be baptised without having testimony of salvation. Anyone who has not submitted to the ordinance are expected to be baptised at the first opportunity. (Mark 16: 16; Acts 8: 12; 19: 5). Candidates should have attained the age of Fifteen years before being baptised.
RULES TO BE OBSERVED- ADMINISTRATION OF ORDINANCE:
The ordinance should be performed by a Minister of the Church.
INSTRUCTION:

Before baptizing, a short address should be given, bearing on the holy ordinance. It is of great importance that candidates before baptism should be fully instructed in the meaning of the ordinance; firstly, because it is a direct command of the Lord Himself secondly, because it is an identification of the believer with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Too much stress cannot be laid upon the need of candidates for baptism grasping the meaning of this Divine ordinance. otherwise it becomes merely an empty form. The ordinance is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual experience - “reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Rom. 6: 3- 11; Col. 2: 12; I Peter 3:21).
TESTIMONY REQUIRED:
It is fitting that those taking the step should give a word of testimony as to their personal faith in the Lord Jesus for salvation, before entering the water. (Acts 8: 36 - 38).
MODE:
The ordinance, is performed by immersing the person once after repeating; “I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. (Matt. 28: 19).
7.2 BREAKING OF BREAD SERVICE:

The administration of the Lord’s Table should be in the hands of the Apostles and Pastors, the higher Office always taking the actual administration.
CELEBRATION:
The celebration of this ordinance should be conducted every Lord’s Day morning, where practicable.
TABLE TO BE SACRED:
Too much stress cannot be laid on the truth that it is the Lord’s Table. Therefore, nothing should be placed upon the table except the cloth, the emblems, the covering, and the Bible. The tithe bowl should not be placed on the table until all have partaken of the emblems.
NATURE OF EMBLEMS:
The emblems used in the Breaking service in every Assembly should be unleavened bread and unfermented wine, as it is essential to have uniformity in this service.
REMAINDER OF EMBLEMS:
After the close of each meeting when the Breaking of Bread Service has been held, anything left of the emblems (bread and wine) should be destroyed, so as to avoid desecrating that which has been used in the ordinance (Exodus 12: 10).
NATURE OF SERVICE:
The service should pre-eminently be confined to praise and worship. The united desire should be to give and not to receive.
MINISTRY: Any preaching ministry given, apart from the necessary instructions and warning should be very brief and centred around the Cross.
COMMUNION: Our Communion and fellowship must be with Christ and not with the natural emblems, for there is no spiritual virtue in the .problems except to our communion with Him.
PARTICIPANTS:
Regular participants shall be members of the Church who are in full fellowship and conforming to the rules of the Church. Other Christians with a definite, saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who happen to be present can likewise participate, provided that the person in charge of the service is satisfied as to the spiritual state of such persons. RESPONSIBILITY:
It is necessary that great wisdom be exercised by the Presbytery so as to throw all responsibility on those who partake.
ADMINISTERING IN HOMES:
Should any member be confined to the house through illness, making it impossible for them to attend the House of the Lord, and they have conveyed a desire that the ordinance should be administered, if the local Presbytery see no objection, the request may be acceded to, but the ordinance should be administered by the Presbytery only.