In our everyday life we declare our faith in products and teams by the clothes we wear. This past year for Christmas I received a Cleveland Indians hat, as well as a Pittsburgh Penguins hat. When I bought gifts for my wife I bought her a Columbus Crew SC t-shirt, as well as a Pittsburgh Penguins t-shirt.
My wife and I, like many other people in America – and around the world – declare our faith in our favorite teams by the clothes we wear.
And even as we think of the clothes we wear, there are some team logos that we would rather not wear. There are certain shirts or hats that we would really prefer not even to see in our closets.
But when it comes to declaring our faith in Jesus Christ, what is the best way to do that?
Interestingly enough, the Bible gives us two clear ways to declare our faith in Jesus. The first way to declare our faith in Jesus is baptism. In baptism, an individual declares that he or she is trusting in Jesus. Baptism is the biblical means of making a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
Baptism is the first way in which we make known to others that we are Christians. Baptism is a one-time event in the life of a Christian.
The second way which the Bible gives us to declare our faith in Jesus is the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is an ongoing or continual means of grace by which we declare our faith. When we come to the Lord’s Table, we are giving evidence to our family and friends that we are still trusting in Jesus.
We come to the Lord’s Table regularly declaring that we are sinners who have looked to Jesus in faith. (There is more being said when we come to the Table. But that much is at least being said.)
We declare our faith in Jesus through the ordinances of the church – baptism and the Lord’s Supper.