What Constitutes a Church of God

Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.

The Lord’s Table: A Feast, not Sacrifice

The Lord has given us a table at which to feast, not an altar on which a victim is to be offered; He has not consecrated priests to make sacrifice, but servants to distribute the sacred feast.

Sacraments without Faith

“For what is a sacrament received without faith, but most certain destruction to the church?” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion 4.14.14

Baptism is the Initiatory Sign

“Baptism is the initiatory sign by which we are admitted to the fellowship of the church, that being engrafted into Christ we may be accounted children of God.” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion 4.15.1

Baptism Serves as Our Confession Before Men

“Baptism serves as our confession before men, in as much as it is a mark by which we openly declare that we wish to be ranked among the people of God, by which we testify that we concur with all Christians in the worship of one God, and in one religion; by which, in short, we publicly assert our faith…” ~ Institutes of the Christian Religion 4.15.13

The Sacraments & the Spirit of Faith

“Just as the light of the sun, while it invigorates a living and animated body, produces effluvia in a carcass; so it is certain that the sacraments where the Spirit of faith is not present, breathes mortiferous rather than vital odour.”