A Time to Remember

A TIME TO REMEMBER:  

At various times within the flow of our services we observe Holy Communion and water baptism. These are practices Jesus instructed His disciples to follow.

COMMUNION Communion is observed regularly in our church. This observance of the Lord’s Supper is open to all who have accepted Jesus as Savior, both member and visitor alike. This solemn commemoration reflects on the loving sacrifice of Jesus, remembering His suffering, His death, and His glorious resurrection. When receiving communion, partakers are asked to prayerfully examine their own lives, making sure they are spiritually right with God. They are then given bread signifying His broken body, and juice as a symbol of His shed blood. Communion serves as a worshipful reminder of the great price Jesus paid for our salvation and encourages deeper devotion to Christ        (1 Corinthians 11:24-26).

WATER BAPTISM Water baptism is another symbolic step Jesus commanded of new believers. In our church, baptism is reserved for older children and adults because it always follows a conscious decision to accept Christ’s offer of Salvation. We baptize believers by immersing then in water. This process does not save a person, but serves as a public testimony signifying the death of the individual’s sinful past and their new birth in Jesus Christ. It’s an important event in the life of the believer, confirming the changing power of Jesus Christ and a new identity in Him (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:4).

(Our Church and Fellowship. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 2010.)

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