The Lord's Supper
We believe The Lord's Supper, also known as communion, is a memorial of Christ's death; the elements are symbolic of His body and blood. In communion we remember what Christ has done to secure our salvation, and we proclaim that He is coming again. (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
While baptism is a one-time act of obedience, communion is an ongoing act of obedience, to be done regularly by the person who has put their faith in Christ’s life, death and resurrection.
When we participate in communion, taking the bread we are reminded of Christ’s suffering on our behalf, that at a historical moment in time, His physical body was “broken” for us. Likewise, when we drink the cup, we recall that His blood was shed to pay the penalty for, and cleanse us from our sin. As Peter writes. "…precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:19).
Like baptism, in communion we publicly proclaim our identification with the person and work of Jesus Christ. And it is not just a remembering of the past, but also a proclamation to ourselves and the church, that Christ is one day coming again to set all things right. As such, the church experiences a hope anchored in the historic death and resurrection of Christ, and the promise of His future return.
In addition to being a reminder and a proclamation, in the act of communion a believer is declaring that the benefits of the cross are their own. We are declaring that “all that Christ secured by His life, death and resurrection are mine by faith.”
At Fellowship, we celebrate The Lord’s Supper on a regular monthly basis at our weekend worship services. In addition, we partake of The Lord’s Supper throughout the year at special gatherings of the church including Good Friday, and all church worship and prayer gatherings. Finally, many small group gatherings and larger equipping classes will practice communion during their times of meeting.