To mark the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a wide swath of Protestants have issued

A Reforming Catholic Confession

A “Mere Protestant” Statement of Faith to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

THE REFORMING CATHOLIC CONFESSION
WHAT WE, PROTESTANTS OF DIVERSE CHURCHES AND THEOLOGICAL TRADITIONS, SAY TOGETHER

Among the many points of confession, it includes one on Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:

That these two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which some among us call “sacraments,” are bound to the Word by the Spirit as visible words proclaiming the promise of the gospel, and thus become places where recipients encounter the Word again. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper communicate life in Christ to the faithful, confirming them in their assurance that Christ, the gift of God for the people of God, is indeed “for us and our salvation” and nurturing them in their faith. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are physical focal points for key Reformation insights: the gifts of God (sola gratia) and the faith that grasps their promise (sola fide). They are tangible expressions of the gospel insofar as they vividly depict our dying, rising, and incorporation into Jesus’ body (“one bread … one body” – 1 Cor. 10:16-17), truly presenting Christ and the reconciliation he achieved on the cross. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper strengthen the faithful by visibly recalling, proclaiming, and sealing the gracious promise of forgiveness of sins and communion with God and one another through the peace-making blood of Christ (1 Cor. 11:26; Col. 1:20).

The full document is here, and the website includes additional commentary and explanations. Timothy George is on the Steering Committee, as is (our FSJ board member) David S. Dockery, President of Trinity International University. Signatories include our Russell D. Moore, Peter Leithart and Mark Tooley, and many others, and can be found on the website.