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 two visible symbols (called “ordinances”) as reminders of His death. The Lord’s Supper is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers.
WHAT IS THE LORD’S SUPPER?
I Corinthians 11:23-26
1. IT IS A SACRED ACT
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread. vs. 23
2. IT IS A SYMBOLIC REMINDER
And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” vs. 24
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” vs. 25
3. IT IS A STATEMENT OF FAITH
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. vs. 26
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE LORD’S SUPPER?
Only those who are already saved and living in obedience to God.
For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment upon himself. 2 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. I Corinthians 11:27-28
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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. His words were “as often as you take it, do it in remembrance of me.” 12 Times a year