We believe that the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is a memorial service setting forth in sacred and symbolic manner the death of the Lord Jesus Christ; that all true believers should share in it.
– Beatty Community Church
Statement of Faith
What is communion?
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, was instituted by Jesus. It symbolizes His punishment and death for us.
What is its purpose or meaning?
Communion is a way of remembering what it cost Jesus to save us ( 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-26).
The bread symbolizes His body broken for us (Matthew 26:26) – the punishment we deserved.
The wine (juice) symbolizes His blood shed (Matthew 26:27-28) which was required to be forgiven of sin.
When we eat the Lord’s Supper, we show that we recognize this symbolism and that have claimed Jesus’ death as a substitute for our own.
Some denominations consider baptism and communion as ‘sacraments’, or means of divine grace. The problem with this view is that it ties a work to grace, and the Bible does not mention water baptism as a means of grace.
Who should have communion?
Only believers in a right standing with God and who recognize the meaning of communion should share in communion (1 Corinthians 11:27-30).
How often should we have communion?
There is no scriptural direction as to when or how often to have communion, as long as it is done regularly. Occurrences in the early church were daily (Acts 2:46) and weekly (Acts 20:7). Since communion has its roots in the Passover, some churches have it yearly. The average, according to a recent poll, is quarterly. We have it on the first Sunday of each month.