What Is Baptism?

Baptism is the act of obedience that identifies you with Jesus Christ, to whom you have committed your life.

How Should I Be Baptized?

The word “baptize” literally means “to immerse.”  Baptism by immersion pictures our position with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.  (Romans 6:3-5)

When Should I Be Baptized?

Following Salvation!  Baptism follows salvation, immediately, if possible. (Acts 2:4; Acts 8:12; Acts 8:36-37, Acts 16:25-33)

What If I Refuse To Be Baptized?

Then you are displaying an act of disobedience (James 4:17), which leads to a loss of testimony (John 8:31) and loss of fellowship with God (John 15:14).

What Is The Lord’s Supper?

As Baptism is a picture of the believer’s salvation (being identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection and therefore, only observed once), the Lord’s Supper, also called the Communion Service, is a picture of the believer’s fellowship with Christ and therefore, observed often.

The Lord’s Supper is the solemn eating of the broken bread and the drinking of the poured wine (grape juice) by God’s people.  The broken bread pictures the broken body of Christ.  The wine (grape juice) pictures the new testament of blood shed on the cross (Matt. 26:26-28; I Corinthians 11:24-25).

Why Should One Partake of the Lord’s Supper?

Because it is commanded by Christ and we are to partake of these elements in remembrance of Jesus (I Corinthians 11:24-25).

Because Jesus initiated it and practiced it (Matt. 26:26-28), we are exhorted in I Peter 2:21 to follow His steps.

Who Should Partake of the Lord’s Supper?

Only believers should partake of the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:27).  The ordinance was given to the disciples (believers) by the Lord Himself.  Only after one accepts Christ as his own personal Savior does he partake of the sacrifice of the broken body and the shed blood.  The Lord’s Supper is testimony concerning that which has already occurred in the Christian’s life.

Only believers who are living in fellowship with the Lord.  It is a serious matter to partake of the Lord’s Supper.  I Corinthians 11:27 says that if we partake of these elements unworthily that we are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  Therefore, we are to judge ourselves (I Corinthians 11:31

How Often Should One Partake of the Lord’s Supper?

The church at Troas observed it weekly on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).

There is no specific command as to how often the ordinance should be observed. Jesus simply said that as often as ye do partake of the Lord’s Supper, ye show forth His death till He comes again.

It is the commanded duty of every Christian to be present at the Communion Service and to partake in the Lord’s Supper for Jesus said, “This do ye.”