Sacraments

Our Confession of Faith states: “We believe the sacraments, ordained by Christ, are symbols and pledges of the Christian’s profession and of God’s love toward us. They are means of grace by which God works invisibly in us, quickening [bringing to life], strengthening and confirming our faith in him. Two Sacraments are ordained by Christ our Lord, namely Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.” The term is taken from the Latin sacramentum, which was a Roman soldier’s pledge of allegiance. A sacrament is God‘s pledge of allegiance [love and faithfulness] to us, and our answering pledge of allegiance to God.
With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism
• Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
• Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
• Persons of any age can be baptized.
• We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
• A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion, Eucharist)
• The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
• The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
• The Lord’s Supper is God’s love toward us. By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
We practice “open communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.
By The United Methodist Church, General Board of Discipleship (GBOD)


Sacramentos
Junto a muchas otras iglesias protestantes, reconocemos los dos sacramentos en la que participó el propio Señor Jesucristo: el Bautismo y la Cena del Señor.
Bautismo
• A través del bautismo estamos unidos con la iglesia y con los cristianos en todas partes.
• El bautismo es un símbolo de la nueva vida y un signo del amor y el perdón de nuestros pecados de Dios.
• Personas de cualquier edad pueden ser bautizados.
• Nos bautizamos por aspersión, inmersión e infusión.
• Una persona recibe el sacramento del bautismo sólo una vez en su vida.

La Santa Cena (la Santa Comunión, Eucaristía)
• La Santa Cena es una comida sagrada de pan y vino que simboliza el cuerpo y la sangre de Cristo.
• La Santa Cena recuerda la vida, muerte y resurrección de Jesús y celebra la unidad de todos los miembros de la familia de Dios.
• La Santa Cena es el amor de Dios entregado a nosotros. Al compartir esta comida, le damos gracias por el sacrificio de Cristo y nos alimentamos para poder ir en misión al mundo.
Practicamos “comunión abierta”, es decir damos la bienvenida a todos aquellos que aman a Cristo, se arrepienten de sus pecados, y tratan de vivir en paz unos con otros.

La Iglesia Metodista Unida, Junta General de Discipulado (GBOD)