Baptism and the Lord’s Supper were introduced and commanded for believers by our Lord Jesus Christ. They are administered in the context of the local church.
Baptism is to be by total immersion in water, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and is a beautiful symbol of the washing away of sins, union and fellowship with Christ, entry into his Church and commitment to living for and submitting to the Triune God. Baptism is only for those who personally profess repentance of sin, belief and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour over their lives.
The Lord’s Supper is a simple, symbolic meal to remind believers of Christ’s sacrifice for them, their unity with and duties to one another through Christ’s union of them into one Body the Church. As we partake, we are reminded to feed on Christ in our hearts by faith, of His forgiveness of our sin, His perfect righteousness given to us, and our eternal hope in and with Him.
Baptism in water does not save, bring new life to, or make anyone a Christian. Furthermore, the bread and wine remain totally unchanged and do not of themselves confer the benefits of Christ’s sacrificial and atoning death. Benefits only come through the Spirit by faith in Christ, as one obeys God by partaking properly of the elements.