POWERHOUSE TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE CHURCH is committed to obeying all that the Lord Jesus Christ commands.
Two specific observances He has established for His church are: Water baptism and the Lord's Supper (Communion).
In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus told His followers to baptize His disciples. Baptism is an immersing - a dipping - in water. This "Ordinance" identifies the person with Jesus who died, was buried, and arose from the dead. It shows others that Jesus has already eternally saved that person from sin and that he/she has already been joined to the church by the Holy Spirit. Baptism does not bring about eternal salvation. The Bible is clear that confession of our sins to God and faith in Jesus Christ are the means of receiving God's forgiveness. Rather, baptism was commanded by Jesus to be a believer's testimony of his/her relationship with Jesus.
The Lord's Supper is an "Ordinance" that identifies us - not just once (as with baptism) but regularly - with Christ's death, which took place to pay for our sins. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 we're given Jesus' command that we are to observe until He returns. The bread represents His body, which was broken on the cross. The cup represents His blood which was shed on the cross. As Christians partake of the bread and the cup, we are reminding ourselves of the death of Christ. It is an act of worship. The bread and the cup are natural symbols of Christ's body and blood, and we partake of them as a memorial of His costly sacrifice.
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