Weekly Communion

We receive, by faith, the spiritual nourishment offered by Jesus Christ through the Lord’s Supper every week during our corporate worship gatherings because a proper practice of communion is vital to honoring Christ and benefiting our souls.

We believe that when we come together each Lord’s Day to worship God, we come primarily not to give anything to Him but rather to receive from Him, because all things come from Him, particularly our salvation through faith in Christ. This dependence on God for all things honors and glorifies Him and is clearly typified as we receive the Lord’s Supper.

While God has chosen not to clearly define many aspects of the gathered worship of His people under the new covenant, Christ clearly and expressly commanded us to “do this” (receive the Lord’s Supper) in remembrance of Him. We believe that God is gracious in His commands and that we would do well to obey them.

The Lord’s Supper was specially instituted by Christ to represent and apply to believers the benefits of the new covenant by visible and outward signs. Those who eat and drink in a worthy manner partake of Christ’s body and blood, not physically, but spiritually in that, by faith, they are nourished with the benefits He obtained through His death and thus grow in grace. Since this is true, it is best for this spiritual nourishment to be received regularly and frequently, just as physical nourishment must be received regularly and frequently.

Far more effective than implementing any man-made gimmicks, programs, or strategies aimed at creating a sense of community within a group of people, we believe that participation in the Lord’s Supper is a God-ordained means of unifying and strengthening the church. Therefore, as a church which desires to experience the unity and oneness which Christ prayed for us to experience, we will receive the Lord’s Supper frequently.

We believe it is very likely that weekly (or even more frequent) participation in the Lord’s Supper was the practice of the early church, and that we should follow their example.

We recognize that the old adage “familiarity breeds contempt” can hold true even for something as precious as the Lord’s Supper. However, we believe that this does not reflect any deficiency in the ordinance, but rather it reflects a deficiency within ourselves due to our corrupt nature. This deficiency always tends to cause us to grow bored with, or apathetic towards, the things of God. Recognizing this, we believe the proper response is to repent often of our sinful attitudes and to fervently, desperately, and sincerely pray that the Holy Spirit will renew our passion towards, and appreciation for, Christ’s atoning work each week as we remember and receive it together.