By Mike Prah
Here at Life and Salvation Church, we celebrate Communion (also called The Lord’s Super) and believe it is one of the two ordinances Christ gave the church. Water Baptism would be the other. We practice communion on the First Sunday of each month and on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Eve services.
Jesus instructed His disciples to remember His death and resurrection. C.H. Spurgeon wrote: “The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the New Testament, instituted by Jesus Christ; wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to His appointment, His death and burial is shown forth ( 1 Cor. 11:23-26), and the worthy receivers are by faith, made partakers of His body and blood, with all the benefits to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace” (Akin, Theology for the Church, 649).
Communion is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers. Here is what we believe about communion.
1. WHAT IS THE LORD’S SUPPER? (1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26)
It Is A Simple Act
“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread. …” (vs. 23)
It Is A Reminder Of Christ’s Sacrifice For Us
“… and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is given for you; eat it in remembrance of me.'” (vs. 24)
It Is A Symbol Of Our Special Relationship With God through Christ
“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)
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)
2. Who Should Take The Lord’s Supper?
Only those who are believers according to Mark 14:22-26 and 1 Corinthians 11:29
“As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.” And He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and His people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.” Mark 14:22-24 (NLT)
“For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself” 1 Corinthians 11:29 (NLT)
3. How Do I Prepare Myself For The Lord’s Supper?
“So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-28 (NLT)
I. Confess Your Sins:
“If we confess our sins to God, He will keep His promise and do what is right: He will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.” 1 John 1:9 (GN)
II. Commit or Re-commitment Your Life to God:
“Because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him. This is the true worship that you should offer” Romans 12:1(GN)
III. Pray and seek for Reconciliation of Any Broken relationships
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)
After you have done the above three steps, you are welcome to partake of Holy Communion.
4. 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. Christians observe communion in all places at all times.