- Pray a simple prayer of whole-life surrender to Jesus, in order to receive the ‘inward grace’ of forgiveness and the Holy Spirit’s life.
- Use the symbolic ‘outward signs’ of baptism and communion to visibly confirm receiving the ‘inward grace’ of the Cross.
- Be creative in finding visible ways to express or affirm the invisible truths and power of the Cross.
Luke 22:19-20 (NLT)
He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 (NLT)
For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 (MSG)
Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptised, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 10:46-48 (NLT)
Then Peter asked, “Can anyone object to their being baptised, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” So he gave orders for them to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:3-5 (MSG)
That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.