Fellowship Baptist Church normally celebrates the Lord's Supper quarterly at a minimum on the fifth Sunday of a month. We customarily make this the entire service rather than an addition to an existing service. When we celebrate the Lord's Supper in an evening service it is a time of reflection, testimonies, singing and Scripture readings. When we celebrate the Lord's Supper in a morning service it is a time of reflection, Scripture readings and singing.
We believe the Lord's Supper is an ordinance established by the Head of the Church—Jesus Christ. All pastors, teachers, deacons, ministry leaders and church members are fully expected to participate in the Lord's Supper unless they are providentially hindered.
We believe that the Lord's Supper is an active, outward remembrance of His death; it should be observed periodically until He comes again and should always be preceded by self-examination (Matthew 26:17- 30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28).
We believe the Bible teaches that believers are spiritually strengthened in at least four ways by their active participation in the Lord's Supper. They—by faith—gain strength in:
- Their knowledge of the remarkable love Jesus demonstrated toward them through His death.
- The realization that their sins have been pardoned by the grace of God.
- The awareness that they are part of a large spiritual family—the body of Christ.
- Anticipation of the return of their Lord Jesus and the reality of everlasting life with God.
A correct understanding of the meaning of the Lord's Supper and an appropriate response in faith are both necessary for the believer to be strengthened. We believe the act of observing the Lord's Supper is a proclamation of the gospel; therefore, we make no effort to hide the time of the Lord's Supper from the general public; nor do we dismiss those who are not members of our church.
Our communion table is open based on the following understandings:
- It is open to born-again Christians, who
- Have been baptized by immersion after salvation or scheduled to be baptized at our next baptismal service;
- Are members in good standing of FBC or another Bible believing, Christ exalting, New Testament church (or are seeking God's will concerning church membership);
- Have renounced and confessed all known sin in their lives; and
- Having "examined himself" or herself (1 Corinthinians 11:27) are in proper fellowship with the Lord
FBC uses grape juice with no alcohol content in individual cups as a symbolical representation of our Savior's blood and small squares pieces of unleavened bread as a symbolical representation of the body of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Pastor administers the Lord's Supper, and the deacons assist in serving the congregation. While we hold in great reverence the symbolic wonder of the Lord's Supper, we reject the doctrine of transubstantiation (the doctrine that the elements change into the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ). We do not believe that the Lord's Supper provides justifying grace. We affirm with great conviction that repentance of sins and faith in the work that Christ did on the cross are the gifts of God by which He saves us.