Lord's SupperThe Lord's Supper
Jesus never asked His disciples to remember His birth. But He did instruct them to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols (called “ordinances”) as reminders of His death. These two ordinances are: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper or Communion as it is sometimes called is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers.
• What is the Lord’s Supper? (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
1. It is a simple act
“The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread...” (vs. 23)
2. It is a reminder
“...and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; eat it in remembrance of me.’” (vs. 24)
3. It is a symbol
“In the same way, He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; drink it to remember me.’” (vs. 25)
4. It is a statement of faith
“For whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes back.” (vs. 26)
• Who should take the Lord’s Supper?
Only those who are already believers (Mark 14:22-26)
“For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment upon himself.” 1 Corinthians 11:29
• How do I prepare myself for the Lord’s Supper?
“Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A person ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-28
2. Confessing My Sins
3. Recommitment (1 Corinthians 11:27 Romans 12:1)
4. Restoring Relationships (1 John 1:9 Matthew 5:23-24)
• When and how often should we observe the Lord’s Supper?
Jesus never said when or how often believers should observe The Lord’s Supper. As a church we celebrate the Lord's Supper regularly when we come together as believers in the context of our Small Groups, Journeys, and every couple months in our Worship Service. We also encourage families to celebrate the Lord's Supper at home as a way to teach and mentor their children in the ways of God.