Our Christian faith is anchored on relationship, not rituals. The greatest commandment is to love God, the second is to love people, therefore it is all about relationship.
Nevertheless, there are two main rituals: Water Baptism & Holy Communion. Both are symbolic acts that teach us spiritual truths.
Water Baptism is a public declaration of our decision to follow Jesus as our Lord and Savior for the rest of our life. Holy Communion speaks of our union with Christ on a daily and continuous basis.
Churches differ on the detailed practices of the Holy Communion, but the significance and meaning remains the same.
Significance & Meaning:
I. Remember the Lord
Twice in 1 Cor 11:24-25 Jesus said, "Do this, in remembrance of Me."
The Holy Communion serves as a great reminder, lest we forget.
Remember the Lord, not in an intellectual or mental way, but to acknowledge Him in all our ways.
Remember who He is and what He has done for us. The bread and juice remind us of His broken body and shed blood on our behalf.
II. Renew Our Commitment
We identify with the Lord Jesus Christ through Holy Communion.
We commit ourselves to proclaim the Lord's death, resurrection and second coming.
III. Reflect on Our Life
Holy Communion is a great time to consider our personal walk with the Lord.
Reflect and review your own life. Ask the Holy Spirit to examine and reveal what is in your heart.
IV. Repent of All Sins
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
V. Receive His Blessings
His body was broken so that ours can be made whole.
His blood was shed so that our sins can be forgiven.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
We receive spiritual, emotional and physical healing from the Lord.