What is a Communicant?
“Communicant” comes from a Latin word that means “to share with.” It’s been used for centuries as a title for those who share the Lord’s Supper together.
A communicant member (one who takes communion) is a person who has not only been baptized but who also publicly confesses Jesus Christ as Lord. Parents who feel their children are ready to make such a confession for themselves are encouraged to go through our eight week communicants class (overview below). After completion of the communicant’s class, the parents will be contacted by an elder of the church about a time to interview the child. Each student writes a testimony of how they came to faith in Christ in preparation for their verbal testimony to the elders. After the interview, the children may be received into the church as communicant members.
Why do we have a Communicants class?
While children of believers are considered part of the visible church, they are non-communing members (do not participate in the Lord’s Supper) until they personally own and profess faith in Jesus.
To assist parents in leading their children through this ownership of faith, we want to provide training for the children of communing members so that they clearly understand the gospel, their relationship to God, and what God is doing in this world through his Church. That’s why we provide a Communicants Class.
Overview of the Eight Week Communicants Class
- Week One: The Bible (What is it and why can we trust it?)
- Week Two: Who is God? Who is Man?
- Week Three: Sin and the Law of God
- Week Four: Who is Jesus and What Has He Done?
- Week Five: The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Growth
- Week Six: Personal Evangelism and Missions
- Week Seven: Baptism/Church Membership
- Week Eight: The Lord’s Supper
The Communicants Membership Vows
Vow #1: Your predicament = Sin (Repentance)
Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope, except through His sovereign mercy?
Vow #2: Your Provision = Jesus Christ (Faith)
Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the Savior of sinners, and do you receive and trust Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the gospel?
Vow #3: Your Power = The Holy Spirit (Grace)
Do you now resolve and promise in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
Vow #4: Your Participation = Discipleship
Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
Vow #5: Your Privilege = Church Membership
Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?