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Ordinances

The Lord's Table

There are four direct accounts of Communion (aka the Table/Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, from the Greek word for thanksgiving) in the New Testament: Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:7-23; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. Communion as a church ordinance is patterned by Israel’s Passover meal (Exodus 12) in that Passover foreshadowed the once for all sacrifice (Hebrews 9:26-28) of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). When our church partakes the Communion elements of bread and cup we are simultaneously looking back and ahead, proclaiming the Lord’s death (“do this in remembrance of me”) until He returns. The Communion elements remain as they are. They are not changed into the actual body and blood of Jesus but nor is the Table solely a memorial. Christ communicates His real spiritual presence with His people whenever we tangibly take Communion together.

First Evan practices an “open table” meaning it is the Lord’s table, not First Evan’s table.  All present who know Christ as savior are invited to participate whether a member or not.  


Baptism

Perhaps the best single word to encompass everything that baptism is would be the word identification. From the Jewish practice of baptism on through Christian baptism it is all about identification. We are identifying in our baptism with Jesus. We are proclaiming in our baptism that we are following Jesus.

Possible upcoming baptisms:

Sunday, May 21—Spring Fellowship Sunday
Sunday, July 23
—Summer Fellowship Sunday
Sunday Evening Services (call church for possible dates)

 

If you have any questions, email Jan Spurlin.