Lord's Supper

 

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.  These two ordinances are:

 

  1. Baptism
  2. The Lord’s Supper

 

The Lord’s Supper is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers.

 

 

What is the Lord’s Supper?

 

It is a simple meal.

 

“The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread...” - 1 Corinthians 11:23 (NIV)

 

It is a sacrificial meal.

 

“...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.’” - 1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV)

 

It is a memorial meal.

 

“In the same way, He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; drink it to remember me.’” - 1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV)

 

It is a Gospel meal.

 

“For whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes back.” -1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV)

 

 

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

 

You can prepare yourself for the Lord's Supper 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

 

 

 

When And How Often Are We to Observe the Lord’s Supper?

 

Jesus never said when or how often believers should observe The Lord’s Supper. He instituted it on a Thursday night.   Since it is a ‘supper,' it may seem more appropriate to observe it at an evening service.  At FMBC we observe the Lord’s Supper roughly once every other month.  Jesus did say that we should remember his sacrifice anytime you eat or drink.