2. The Sacraments

2. The Sacraments

Since the sacraments are ordinances of the visible church, they are not to be administered except under the oversight of the government of the church. Moreover, in ordinary circumstances they are properly administered only in a gathering of the congregation for the public worship of God. Baptism signifies solemn admission into the visible church, and the Lord’s Supper constitutes the communion of believers with Christ and with each other as members of His Body, the Church. Nevertheless, if a Spiritual Council judges that very unusual circumstances exist in a particular instance, the sacrament may be administered elsewhere; but in any event, the church must be represented in the service.

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