The Study Catechism
Thursday, 29 Jun 2017
[approved by the 210th General Assembly (1998)]
[Biblical citations added for reference]
Question 70. What is the main difference between baptism and the Lord's Supper?
While I receive baptism only once, I receive the Lord's Supper again and again. Being unrepeatable, baptism indicates not only that Christ died for our sins once and for all, but that by grace we are also united with him once and for all through faith. Being repeatable, the Lord's Supper indicates that as we turn unfilled to him again and again, our Lord continually meets us in the power of the Holy Spirit to renew and deepen our faith.
Acts 2:41 "So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added."
John 6:33 "For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
John 6:51 "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
John 6:56 "Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them."
1 Cor. 11:26 "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."