WCF 28.1

November 19, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 28: Of Baptism

1: Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ,[521] not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church;[522] but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace,[523] of his ingrafting into Christ,[524] of regeneration,[525] of remission of sins,[526] and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in the newness of life.[527]Which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to be continued in His Church until the end of the world.[528]

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WCF 27.5

November 18, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 27: Of the Sacraments

5: The sacraments of the Old Testament in regard to the spiritual things thereby signified and exhibited, were, for substance, the same with those of the new.[520]


LC 164, SC 93

November 17, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 164. How many sacraments hath Christ instituted in his church under the New Testament?
A. Under the New Testament Christ hath instituted in his church only two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s supper.[1057]

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 93. Which are the sacraments of the New Testament?
A. The sacraments of the New Testament are, baptism,[191] and the Lord’s Supper.[192]


WCF 27.4

November 16, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 27: Of the Sacraments

4: There are only two sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord in the Gospel; that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord: neither of which may be dispensed by any, but by a minister of the Word lawfully ordained.[519]


LC 161, SC 91

November 15, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 161. How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?
A. The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not by any power in themselves, or any virtue derived from the piety or intention of him by whom they are administered, but only by the working of the Holy Ghost, and the blessing of Christ, by whom they are instituted[1047].

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 91. How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?
A. The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in them, or in him that doth administer them; but only by the blessing of Christ, and the working of his Spirit in them that by faith receive them.[188]


WCF 27.3

November 14, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 27: Of the Sacraments

3: The grace which is exhibited in or by the sacraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them; neither does the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that does administer it:[516] but upon the work of the Spirit,[517] and the word of institution, which contains, together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers.[518]


WCF 27.2, LC 163

November 13, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 27: Of the Sacraments

2: There is, in every sacrament, a spiritual relation, or sacramental union, between the sign and the thing signified: whence it comes to pass, that the names and effects of the one are attributed to the other.[515]

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 163. What are the parts of a sacrament?
A. The parts of the sacrament are two; the one an outward and sensible sign, used according to Christ’s own appointment; the other an inward and spiritual grace thereby signified.[1056]


LC 162, SC 92

November 12, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 162. What is a sacrament?
A. A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ in his church,[1048] to signify, seal, and exhibit[1049] unto those that are within the covenant of grace,[1050] the benefits of his mediation;[1051] to strengthen and increase their faith, and all other graces;[1052] to oblige them to obedience;[1053] to testify and cherish their love and communion one with another;[1054] and to distinguish them from those that are without.[1055]

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 92. What is a sacrament?
A. A sacrament is a holy ordinance instituted by Christ;[189] wherein, by sensible signs, Christ, and the benefits of the new covenant, are represented, sealed, and applied to believers.[190]


WCF 27.1

November 11, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 27: Of the Sacraments

1: Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace,[510]immediately instituted by God,[511] to represent Christ and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him:[512] as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the Church and the rest of the world;[513] and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to His Word.[514]


LC 160

November 10, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 160. What is required of those that hear the Word preached?
A. It is required of those that hear the Word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence,[1034] preparation,[1035] and prayer;[1036] examine what they hear by the Scriptures;[1037] receive the truth with faith,[1038] love,[1039] meekness,[1040] and readiness of mind,[1041] as the Word of God;[1042] meditate,[1043] and confer of it;[1044] hide it in their hearts,[1045] and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives[1046].