In 2006 Nathan Fin published the 16 page ebook “Baptism as a Prerequisite to the Lord’s Supper” through the Center for Theological Research. Written and distributed as a resource for pastors, we are excited to offer it here for download in PDF.
Most of the major branches of the Christian tradition believe in the importance of observing baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Roman Catholics believe in seven sacraments, each of which serves as a means of imparting divine grace to the believer. Most Protestant traditions shorten the number to two, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. While many Protestant denominations also refer to these practices as sacraments, most Baptist churches prefer to call them “ordinances,” emphasizing Christ’s command that each be an ongoing practice in local churches. This also helps avoid the Catholic error of making participation in the ordinances a necessary element in one’s salvation.