Pastor and blogger begins his post thus:
In a recent worship service in our church, I invited all “baptized believers” to join us at the Lord’s Table. That prompted a question from several people: why say, “baptized believers?” Is baptism really a prerequisite for taking communion?
Of course, not all churches would answer this in the same way. But the majority of Christians throughout history have believed that only baptized people should participate in Eucharistic meal. I think it’s a biblical position, and here’s why. (emphasis added)
Mr. Hedges goes on to point our baptism and the Lord’s Table as the two sacrament given to the church and how they both function.
Then comes the subheading: The Sequence: Baptism Precedes Communion. Mr. Hedges points out that while baptism is to be repeated once as that sacrament of initiation, communion, on the other hand, is an ongoing “pledge of renewed trust in Christ and obedience to him.”
Next, Mr. Hedges turns to Acts 2:41-42, noting “it is only those who are baptized and added to the church in verse 41 who then participate in the breaking of bread in verse 42.” For more on Mr. Hedges post, see here.
I’ve been asked the same questions that pastor Hedges was asked. And I’ve answered quite similarly, also turning to Acts 2:41ff. I believe my post on The Meaning of Baptism points to this as well.
Not only do I believe in regenerate church membership, but I also believe the water baptism is part of the conversion process, as the book of Acts demonstrates, beginning with chapter 2.