What We Believe (continued)
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Holy Communion (I Cor. 10:16) is the sacramental rite of the Lord's Supper instituted by Jesus Christ prior to his sacrificial death. The bread, representing his broken body, and the fruit of the vine, representing his shed blood, are consumed by believers in a ceremonial fellowship commemorating his atoning death on Calvary's cross (Luke 22:14-20; I Cor. 11:23-26).
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
The New Testament Church in its primary sense is the invisible, universal body of Christ, consisting of baptized believers of all times and places called out of the world and assembled together by the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:12-14). Its purpose is to advance the kingdom of God through three major ministerial goals:
Ministry to God through spiritual worship (I Pet. 2:5)
Ministry to the body of Christ through spiritual nurture and discipleship (Eph. 4:12)
Ministry to the world, through the cultural mandate of evangelism and world missions (Mark 16:15)
We believe that, according to Scripture, God has called and spiritually equipped both men and women to the five-fold apostolic ministry of order, consisting of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher (Eph. 4:11-12).