CONNECT REACH EQUIP WORSHIP SERVE
Rather than list many creeds and statements of faith, we are using the Hebrew writer’s reference to the “foundation stones of truth” as the basis of our beliefs. Our “Foundation Stones of Truth” document is not meant to be an exhaustive Bible study; it will, however, give the reader an overview of some of the essential truths of Scripture.
In Hebrews 6:1-6, the Apostle describes the Christian faith as a building placed upon six foundation stones. An improper or incomplete foundation will result in spiritual failure. A solid foundation requires proper understanding and obedience in six areas:
Baptism is when we “sign on the bottom line”, acknowledging that we are set free from sin’s hold on our life because of Jesus’ death on the cross and that, because Jesus became alive again and was resurrected, we are now free to live new lives for God’s glory! Read these verses from Romans 6:1-14 that give more explanation of how sin’s power is broken in our lives when we become Christians and take the step of baptism.
“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more kindness and forgiveness? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was. Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also share his new life. We are sure of this because Christ rose from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. He died once to defeat sin, and now he lives for the glory of God. So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God’s grace.”
(New Living Translation) Holy Bible. New Living Translation © 1996 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”. (Matthew 26:26-28 NKJV)
What is Communion?
Jesus commanded His followers to drink of the cup and eat the bread “in remembrance of Him”.
Drinking some grape juice or wine helps us remember how Jesus suffered and bled for us on the cross.
Eating a piece of bread reminds us how Jesus’ body was beaten for us.
The bread and the juice don’t change into Jesus’ body or blood, but when we take the bread and juice by faith, we receive a spiritual benefit — it is a time when we are drawn deeper into our relationship with Jesus, and there is a spiritual reality that actually nourishes our relationship with Jesus as we eat and drink. Eating the bread during Communion reminds us that we always need Jesus in our life just like we need to eat food to keep our bodies alive.
The word “communion” comes from the Greek word “koinonia” which also means fellowship or participation. Communion reminds us that we are part of God’s family and have fellowship with other believers. Communion is sometimes called “The Lord’s Supper”. Learning about the Passover helps us understand Communion.
What is the Passover?
In the Bible (book of Exodus) we are told of a time that God’s children, the Jewish people of Israel lived in Egypt. They used to be free people but then became slaves of the Egyptians. God brought ten terrible plagues to the Egyptians. The tenth plague was the worst of all… the first-born of every family was killed by the Angel of Death.
God told Moses (the Israelites leader) the only way for the Israelite families to escape this last plague was to kill a perfect lamb and spread its blood on the doorframe of their houses. That night, the death angel entered into the homes of the Egyptians but “passed over” the homes of the Israelites where the blood had been put onto the doorposts. After that, Pharaoh told Moses and the Israelites to leave Egypt and they were free from slavery! God told the Israelites to celebrate a Passover meal once a year to remember how He saved them from the bondage of Egypt that night.
The Lord’s Supper
Jesus had been teaching and healing people for about three years. He knew it was almost time for Him to die so that you, and I, and everyone could be forgiven of our sins. One night, the Lord Jesus met with His disciples in an upper room of a house in Jerusalem. It was the time to celebrate the Passover meal. Jesus took two parts of the Passover meal, the bread and the cup (wine/grape juice), and began a new custom that we call the Lord’s Supper.
When we celebrate Communion or the Lord’s Supper, we use the bread and the cup to remember that our freedom from sin’s bondage is through our faith in Jesus and what He did for us. It is also called Communion because this ceremony helps us have fellowship or communion with God and each other.
Who May Participate in Communion?
At Elora Road Christian Fellowship, we celebrate Communion once a month (usually the first Sunday of each month). We believe that all who are born-again may have Communion with us even if they are not members of ERCF. For children, we ask that their parents decide whether they participate in Communion.