For followers of Jesus, baptism symbolizes our unity with Jesus in his death, burial, and resurrection. In a spiritual sense, I died when he died; I was buried when he was buried, and I was raised when he was raised. Baptism also symbolizes that Jesus’ blood has cleansed me from my sin (Acts 22:16).
Baptism is a step that every follower of Jesus should take (Matthew 28:18–20). Not only is it a celebration of God’s work in us, it’s a public declaration of our commitment to this faith community and to our faith in God, which makes it a great way to tell your friends and family about Jesus.
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:3-4)
If you are a follower of Jesus and you would like to declare that you have put your faith in Jesus, we want to encourage you to prayerfully consider being baptized.
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As followers of Jesus, we should celebrate communion regularly. We never outgrow our need to be reminded of the love God showed us when he sent his Son, Jesus, to die in our place and rise from the dead. At Renaissance Church, we usually celebrate communion once a month during the Sunday worship services.
On the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his closest friends. Each time we celebrate communion, we look back to that meal. However, we don’t simply remember a meal, we remember and proclaim Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus’ death and resurrection are the core of our faith as followers of Jesus; and every time we celebrate communion, we celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for us. We also celebrate our unity as his followers.
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 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.” 25 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.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23–26)
To find out more about communion and its celebration at Renaissance Church email firstname.lastname@example.org