Our church fast begins at midnight on Tuesday, March 27th and ends on Wednesday, March 28th at 4 pm. On Wednesday, March 28th, go to another level in your connection with God at our Holy Communion and Baptism Service, starting at 7:30 pm!
What Is Fasting?
*If you have any medical conditions or concerns, always consult your medical physician first, before fasting.
In the Biblical sense, fasting is abstaining from food and /or liquids for a period of time for spiritual purposes. Fasting and prayer are powerful tools used to develop our sensitivity to those things which are important to God, and should be motivated by humility and a sincere desire to draw nearer in relationship with Him. Fasting and prayer develops perseverance and promotes personal and spiritual discipline, while denying the flesh of personal wants and desires. Together they are a mighty force against spiritual warfare.
Three Types of Fasts: Absolute, Normal and Partial
Absolute Fast: Refraining from both food and water (Esther 4:16, Acts 9:9, Exodus 34:28, Ezra 10:6)
Normal Fast: Refraining from food, but not water (Luke 4:1-2)
Partial Fast: Refraining from only selected foods (Daniel 1:12-15; 10:3)
Why Should We Fast?
- To seek God’s help and His purpose (Joel 2:12-13; Ezra 8:21-23; Daniel 9:3)
- As an act of repentance (Nehemiah 9:1-2; Jonah 3:5-10; Acts 9:9)
- To avert God’s wrath or seek His mercy (1 Kings 21:27-29; 2 Samuel 12:16-22; 2 Chronicles 20:2-3)
- In preparation and/or setting apart for ministry (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23)
- In intercession for others (Ezra 10:6, Isaiah 58:6-8)
- For healing and deliverance (Psalm 35:13)
How Should We Fast?
Read Matthew Chapter 6, Luke 18:11-14
We should fast unto the Lord and not to be seen by men.
What Is Holy Communion?
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. I Corinthians 11:24
Communion is a holy time of worship when we corporately come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us on the cross.
We each eat a wafer (bread) to symbolize the broken body of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
We each drink a small amount of grape juice, which symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed to save us from our sins.
*Communion sacraments (wafer and juice) are served in individually packaged portions.
Acts 2:38 says, “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
It is so important to be baptized, just as Christ Himself was baptized (Matthew 3:16). Baptism is an outward expression of the inward change you experienced when you accepted Christ. It’s also symbolic – when you go down in the water, it symbolizes the death and burial of the old you (like Christ died and was buried), and when you come up from the water, it symbolizes your resurrection into new life (like Christ was resurrected).
It’s also a matter of simple obedience. The Word of God tells us to “repent, and be baptized…”, so that’s what we should do!
If you haven’t been baptized yet, we are providing an opportunity to do so on Wednesday, March 28th at 7:30 pm during our Holy Communion and Baptism Service. Call the church at 703-490-4040 to sign up! Baptism is open to those age 5 years old and up.