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Communion

Jesus asked His followers to participate in remembering His death and resurrection through two ways -- baptism and communion. These two ordinances symbolize and demonstrate the foundation of our faith: that Jesus Christ died and rose as a sacrifice for our sins.

What is communion?

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which 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 He took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes. Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly. (I Corinthians 11:23-29)

Participation in communion is remembering Christ's sacrifice, and our anticipation of His return.

Who should participate in communion?

Everyone who has made a response to Christ.

At VCNP we believe communion is to recognize and remember Christ's death and resurrection. Therefore, it must be an individual attitude of the heart as well as a corporate sacrament. We offer an "open table" where individuals are encouraged to make their own personal response.

How do I prepare myself for communion?

Our thoughts and attitude should be in remembrance of Christ and in reverence toward Him as we take communion.

  1. Examine yourself first (verses 27-28).
    • I John 1:9
    • Psalm 139:23-24
  2. Communion is for Christians only.
    • Otherwise, you can't "judge the body rightly" (verse 29).
  3. Remember and renew your commitments to Jesus (verse 25).
    • "Covenant" means "Agreement".
      • When two people covenant together, it means an exchanging of lives.
      • Jesus did that with us. (Galatians 2:20, II Corinthians 5:21)
    • What was your part of the "Agreement"?
    • Remember and renew those during communion.

When and how often should we observe communion?

Jesus never said when or how often believers should participate in communion. As a church, we make communion available during worship at the Saturday 5:00 PM and the Sunday 9:15 and 11:00 AM services. We also have scheduled All Communion Services during the year where a Pastor will explain the meaning of communion.