THE MEANING OF THE 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 a powerful visual symbol of His death when he instituted the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a valuable 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 celebration.
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: 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; do this in remembrance of me.” (vs. 24)
3. It is symbol.
“ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink this cup, in remembrance of me.”(vs. 25)
4. It is a statement of faith.
“ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (vs. 26)
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE LORD’S SUPPER?
Only those who are already Christians. (Mark 14:22-26)
“ For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on 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 man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks from the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-28
“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.’ 1 Corinthians 11:27
2. Confessing my sins
‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1:9
‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.’ Romans 12:1
4. Restoring Relationships
‘“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.’ Matthew 5:23-24
WHEN AND HOW HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE OBSERVE THE LORD’S SUPPER?
“On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.” Acts 20:7
We at Island Family choose to serve communion during our Sunday morning worship services every week.
We can note these historic facts:
(1) The early church assembled. (1 Corinthians 14:23; Acts 11:26)
(2) The early church assembled at a stated time. (Hebrews 10:25)
(3) The early church assembled on Sunday. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Revelation 1:10)
(4) The early church assembled to observe the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 20:7)