The word sacrament comes from the root word sacred. That means participating in the sacraments is one of the most holy acts of worship we do!
According to Martin Luther’s definition, a sacrament is that which is:
- Commanded by Christ;
- A promise of grace, and;
- Accompanied by an earthly element. (Water in Baptism: Bread and Wine/Grape Juice in Communion)
By this definition, only two commands by Christ fit this description: Baptism and Communion. In both cases we hear God’s promise to give God’s children two gifts: forgiveness of sins and etermal life. They are gifts, meaning that there is nothing we can do to earn or merit them. God simply forgives in our asking and provides eternal life to those who believe. It’s wonderful!