We Are to Build Up the Church: Day 3

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     Day 3: Communion

  1. Jesus never asked His disciples to remember His birth, but He did instruct them to remember His death and resurrection and future return.  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 is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers.

    A.  What is the Lord’s Supper?  (1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

    1. It is a simple act.

    “On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread…”

    (1 Corinthians 11:23)

    1. It is a reminder.

    “…and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” (v.24)

    1. It is a symbol. 

    “In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” (v.25)

    1. It is a proclamation.

    “For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.” (v.26)

    B.  Who should take the Lord’s Supper?

    1. Only those who are already believers. 

    “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)

    C.  How do I prepare 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)

    By…

      1. Self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:27)
      2. Confessing my sins (1 John 1:9)
      3. Recommitment (Romans 12:1)
      4. Restoring relationships (Matthew 5:23-24)

    D.  When and how often should we observe the Lord’s Supper?

    Jesus never said when believers should observe the Lord’s Supper, but the book of Acts records that the early church was devoted to the breaking of bread.  Jesus instituted it at a dinner, and the early church broke bread from house to house.  It seems to be an informal affair.  Whenever Christians come together they can break bread with one another.  At SRC, we believe that the Lord’s Supper can be celebrated both in the weekend service and in the Community Groups.  Typically, we celebrate it once a month in our weekend services.

READING:

1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-31, HEBREWS 10:24-25

What questions, if any, do you have about Communion? (Do the Scripture passages / examples provided in today’s reading answer all of your questions?)

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 focuses on both Unity and Diversity within the church. Think of a time when you experienced both Unity and Diversity. What was that experience like? 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Kings 21 & 22

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for your children or another loved one. The following outline may be helpful.

Four Prayers for Your children or children that God has placed in your life:

  1. Thank God for the miracle of the children God has placed in your life.
  2. Thank God for any way in which these children have changed your life.
  3. Commit these children’s future to the Lord.
  4. Ask God for help in figuring out how you may best guide and lead them.

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