Our two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, have been called outward signs of an inward and invisible grace. In the administration of both of these sacraments something goes public, a mystery is disclosed, something is being communicated, and something pledged.
Jesus Christ’s institution of baptismal practice is given in Matthew 28. He joins baptism with teaching in the process of making disciples. As this is carried out in the church, baptism is administered in the name of the Triune God. That a person can be named in the name of God is an audacious act of obedience to Jesus’ command.
In the Evangelical Covenant Church, we affirm infant dedication, infant baptism, believer baptism, and an affirmation of baptism in our public worship.