The Church and its Ordinances

baptism_communionThe Churches mission is simple and clear. Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) “Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

We see in the great commission given to the Church that we are to make disciples and walk holy before the Lord.

1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJV “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, (16) because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

The two ordinances of the church are water baptism and communion. Our baptism and water symbolizes our commitment to Christ. When we are baptized in water we are saying we want to follow Christ’s example in holiness and righteousness.

Romans 6:3-4 NKJV “Or did you not know that as many of us were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Jesus was baptized in the Jordan; however, the Bible is not specific to the mode of baptism. Baptism may be administered by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling according to the choice of the applicant.

The second ordinance of the church is the Lord’s Supper, also known as communion.

1 Corinthians 11:23-34 NKJV “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” 33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.”

As believers we should take part in communion to remember what the Lord has done for us, not only His death and resurrection, but the things He does in our lives as well.

We also need to examine ourselves before we participate, if we take this memorial meal without examining our hearts we our bringing judgment on ourselves.

Communion allows us to remember what Jesus did for us and also keeps watch on our hearts. In partaking of communion we come together with other believers and keep ourselves on the path of holiness.

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About Casey D. Bell

Casey is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has a passion to see generations come together for the cause of Christ. Casey teaches strongly in the areas of faith, healing, applying God's Word to our everyday life, and the benefits of understanding our Jewish roots.
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