What is Communion?
Communion or “The Lord’s Supper” is the second ordinance or symbol in the Christian life. Unlike Baptism, which is a one-time event, Communion is a regularly practiced symbolic meal that reminds and proclaims Jesus death on the cross. The church practices this meal until Christ’s return.
"...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 also he took the cup, after supper, saying ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this... in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes."
1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26
It is far more likely that you will have to decide about your child’s readiness to take part in Communion before you decide about Baptism. The time will come when Communion is served and your family will be faced with whether or not your kids sitting beside you should take some bread and juice or not. What should we do?
A BELIEVER'S MEAL
One important aspect to understand about the Lord’s Supper is that it is a meal for believers. We may wonder, “Is my four year old who loves to sing songs to Jesus a true believer?” To that we may respond, “possibly” or “likely” or “maybe”. But we must caution ourselves about making official pronouncements about our child’s faith until that faith has had time to mature and grow. We know that a tree is planted by the waters if it blossoms and grows strong. We have confidence that our kids are saved when we see their faith blossom and grow. Therefore, we recommend the same waiting period for Communion that we suggested for baptism, until about 12 years old. We believe that far from discouraging children from faith, that this waiting period will heighten their anticipation and desire to make a personal commitment to Christ and will often provoke healthy conversations with your child about their faith.
During the childhood years we encourage you as a parent to continue to diligently teach your children the Gospel (Deut 6:4-9), be a Godly example for them to follow (Eph 6:1-3) and pray earnestly for your child’s salvation. We join you as a church in that mission.
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