The sacrament is a sacred ordinance or ceremony performed in church every Sunday. The primary purpose of the sacrament is to renew our baptismal covenants. These covenants are promises that we make with God when we are baptized. During the sacrament, bread and water are blessed and then passed to all the members of the congregation. The bread and water represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ. This reminds those participating in the sacrament of the sacrifices Jesus Christ made for us to enable us to return to live with God again.
At baptism, we are cleansed from all of our sins up until that point in our lives. This is wonderful and amazing, but we are still human and we still sin. The covenants we make at baptism are essential to receiving eternal life. When we are baptized, we promise to keep God’s commandments, take His name upon us, and always remember Him. In return, He promises us that we can have His Spirit with us if we live righteously. God loves us and makes these covenants with us as an expression of His love. When we keep our side of the covenant, we are showing God that we respect and love Him in return. God gives us an opportunity to start over every week with the sacrament.
When we partake of the sacrament, we are renewing our covenants with God. Essentially, the sacrament gives us a chance to try again each week because God recognizes that we aren’t perfect. He loves us and wants to help us return to live with Him. The sacrament is an essential part of how He does that. The ordinance of the sacrament is one reason why attending church meetings is essential. These speakers offer valuable insights to this sacred process and how we can each have a better understanding of what the sacrament means to us.