Ordinances of the Church

As a fundamental Christian ministry, Agape upholds the three orthodox ordinances of our Christian faith:  The Lord’s Supper, Feet Washing, and Water Baptism.  These ordinances or Christ institutionalized traditions express our Christian faith and allegiance to Christ.  We believe that Christ gave these examples for our faith and practices, therefore we continue in His example by recognizing and celebrating the following traditions:

The Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-34).  These scriptures give the foundation for partaking in what is called the “Lord’s Supper,” or “Last Supper.”  It directs our heart in sharing in the death of our Savour.  As we celebrate in His death, we symbolically take part in the sufferings Jesus endured for the sins of the world, so that we would have a way back to the Father.  Likewise, His blood was shed, as a means for us to be cleansed from our sins.  We display an act of faith as believers when we “remember,” His Supper.  The Apostle Paul reminded the Christians of Corinth, “as often as you do this.”  This is the position Agape will practice—as often.  The Lord’s Supper is not celebrated every first Sunday.  We do celebrate as the Pastor feels lead by the Lord to do so.  This will help each of us to be in the spirit of oneness that this ordinance brings, making us one in Him.

Feet Washing (John 13:1-17).  In His last days with the disciples, Jesus taught them many things that brought them closer together.  One of which was the humility of washing each other’s feet.  We too enjoy the same results when we participate in this ordinance.  It is an act of humility and oneness.  It takes away all selfish motives and calls for true love.  Christ’s example demonstrates from the greatest to the least, humility is always warranted.  Again, Agape will participate in Feet Washing as directed by the Pastor.  It will be on an occasion that will symbolize our unity and brotherhood.  The Pastor will start by washing the men’s feet and the women will do likewise.

Water Baptism (Matthew 28:16-17; Romans 6:1-7).  Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he gave instructions to the Disciples concerning Water Baptism.  Although, Water Baptism was not new to the Children of Israel, it would now have a different meaning.  Instead of cleansing, it would become a means whereby “believers” identify with the resurrection of their Savior.  We at Agape follow the method taken from Matthew 28:16-17, coming from Christ to His disciples, as the means of performing this ordinance.  We recognize it to be an act, which is preceded by confession and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  Additionally, we follow the fundamental belief of immersion as the means of baptizing.  We will not immerse children unless they have confessed a life in Christ and are old enough to understand its meaning.  We leave the ultimate decision upon the parents to explain to their children the seriousness of this and all ordinances performed at Agape.