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Communion

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Communion

    Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is an ordinance given by Jesus for his followers as a means to obey, remember, and proclaim what he has done for us through his death. This article will help you understand more about why and how we celebrate communion at Constance.

    Every 4-6 weeks we receive Communion together at Constance. You don't need to be a member of Constance Free Church to take Communion, and anyone who has placed their faith in Christ for salvation is invited.

    “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” - 1 Corinthians 11:23-36 (NIV)

    When we celebrate Communion, we do so to obey, remember, and proclaim.

     

    To Obey

    In 1 Corinthians 11, Jesus commanded us to take the bread and cup as tangible representations of his new promise to us, that through His resurrection, His followers receive forgiveness from sins and a new life. Communion does not itself bring salvation, but serves as a visible expression of the good news of Jesus and serves to strengthen our faith, confirming and strengthening the believer. (1)

    “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” - Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV)

     

    To Remember

    Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, an unparalleled act of love, warrants our ongoing consideration and thanks. We must remember Christ’s death, even as we celebrate His resurrection. Ponder the gravity of God’s son, bleeding and broken, giving His final breath to bring life to people far from Him. The bread and juice represent Jesus’ broken body and shed blood sacrificed that our sins might be forgiven.

    “I will remember the deeds of the Lord;  yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago” - Psalm 77:11 (NIV)

    “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8 (NIV)

     

    To Proclaim

    Communion separates “the believer from the world” and gives a “visible designation of those who belong to the body of Christ.” (1) As we take the bread and juice, we proclaim together that it is because of Jesus’ sacrifice that we, sinners, now have the forgiveness of sins.

    “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” - Romans 5:10-11 (NIV)

    On the night before his death, Jesus taught his disciples to practice Communion. Find the accounts of this, His last supper in Matthew 26:17-29, Luke 22:7-20 and Mark 14:12-25

     

    Communion wafer ingredients: Flour mix (garbanzo bean, tapioca, sorghum, fava beans, potato starch), water, canola oil, salt. 

    FREE OF GLUTEN, WHEAT, DAIRY, YEAST, EGGS, SOY, NUTS, & CORN.

     

    (1) - EFCA Document Theological Definitions and Positions

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