Communion

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, we invite you to celebrate communion with us. We normally observe communion on the second weekend of the month during all three services. The following answers some commonly asked questions about communion and, in light of what the Bible teaches, let you know how we celebrate this occasion.

What exactly is communion?

Communion, also referred to as ‘the Lord’s Supper’ or ‘the breaking of bread’ in the New Testament is an event in which we remind ourselves of the sacrifice Jesus made for us when He died on the cross. Jesus and His disciples marked the first communion service the night before Jesus was crucified. On that night, Jesus broke bread and gave it to His disciples to eat, stating the broken bread represented His body, which would be broken for us. He then took a cup of wine, stating it represented His blood and passed the cup for His disciples to drink from. Jesus then asked that we, as His community of followers, remember Him in this way until He returns.

Matthew 26:20-29; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:14-20

Is communion relevant today?

After Jesus’ resurrection and the Day of Pentecost (the birthday of the New Testament church), the book of Acts tells us it was customary for Jesus’ followers to ‘break bread’ together as a community. We also see Jesus’ apostles taught about communion and its meaning and importance.

Today, we too, are a part of Christ’s New Testament Church. When we stop from our busy schedules and remember what Jesus did for us in celebrating communion together, it helps us to draw closer to Christ, reminding us of how much He loves us, and of how we’re totally dependent on Him for salvation.

Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:27-33

Can anyone take communion? Must I be a member to take communion?

You do not need to be a member of Chesapeake to celebrate communion with us. The only requirement is that you have a faith relationship with Christ. The Bible strongly urges people who are not yet followers of Christ to refrain from taking communion, until they have made a decision to accept Christ as their Savior.

1 Corinthians 11:27-33

Does the bread and grape juice used in communion actually become the body and blood of Jesus?

No. It's very clear from the Bible that the elements used in communion only represent Jesus’ body and blood. There is nothing ‘holy’ about the juice and bread. What is holy is what these elements represent when we celebrate communion as a community of Christ’s followers.

Matthew 26:20-29; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:14-20

What is a communion service like here at Chesapeake?

We always serve communion after a time of private reflection, giving time to examine and prepare our hearts. When we celebrate communion, we should always do so with reverence and sincerity. For that reason we serve communion after a time of worship and teaching. Taking communion is specified in Scripture to be done by believers only. Scripture also gives strong warnings against an unbeliever or someone out of fellowship with God taking communion.

If you are a follower of Christ, we invite you to join us for communion and hope you will make this a regular part of your walk with Christ. We celebrate communion on the second weekend of the month during all three services.