Question by  worker38 (21)

What is the Baptist view of communion?

I know that Baptist do not have communion every week, why is that?


Answer by  Kelli (181)

One of the hallmarks of Baptist churches is autonomy. Basically, this means there is no governing body over individual churches; congregations make decisions on their own. That said, churches determine how often they'll take communion, usually called "Lord's Supper. " Because it's considered a serious event, churches often observe it less frequently. Some churches choose to observe it weekly, however.


Answer by  waskasoo (471)

Baptists believe that the Bible teaches that communion, or as it is often called, the Lord's Table, is a symbolic rite. It symbolizes the Christian's identification with Christ. The actual frequency of observance is left to the discretion of the congregation. Some (rarely) may do it weekly, but more often it is monthly or sometimes quarterly.


Answer by  flamiss22 (5081)

Baptists do not believe you need someone to intercede with your relationship with God. They beleive God did not give special powers to anyone and taking of wine and wafer serves no good purpose. Baptists also believe having a one on one relationship with God by daily prayers is more than enough to speak to the Creator.


Answer by  drla4 (10)

As opposed to other Christian denominations (e.g Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox), baptists tend to have a low view of the sacraments and thus regard weekly communion as non-essential.


Answer by  Darry (3853)

Baptists view communion differently than some faiths. They do not believe that communion is the literal body of Christ. It is intended to stand as a remembrance of the suffering of Christ and what He has done for us. Therefore, it is only used at certain times.


Answer by  Kurt (4579)

Not every denomination of Christianity has communion every week, including the Baptists. They feel that communion is important and should be observed regularly, but doing it weekly may reduce the significance of the practice. They often do it every few months and special occasions.


Answer by  tamkees (3203)

All Christians follow Jesus's instruction to commemorate the Last Supper with communion. However, the Bible doesn't say how frequently the celebration must occur. For some Christians, communion is the ultimate reminder of Jesus' promises and relationship to us and is served weekly; for Baptists and others, far more important is the salvation that comes through Jesus' death and resurrection.

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