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Lord's Supper

Gateway's Youth participating in the Lord's Supper

We learned several things on this night.

THE LORD’S SUPPER

I Corinthians 11:23-34

We should take a look at the Lord's Supper and see just what it means to us as believers. The first thing I would like to mention, by way of introduction, is that the Lord's Supper is what we call an "Ordinance". This is a word which means a prescribed practice or religious rite. I Corinthians 11:2 “Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.” Jesus only gave the church two ordinances which we are to practice. One is the Lord's Supper and the other is Baptism.

Now, with this truth in mind, we need to consider some ideas given to us by the Apostle Paul in the I Corinthians chapter 11. Hopefully, these truths will help us understand the Lord's Supper observance better.

IT IS A SYMBOLIC ORDINANCE

Notice what Jesus, and Paul, have to say about the Lord's Supper service.  I Corinthians 11:24, 25 says, “…in remembrance of me.”  According to these 2 passages, the Lord's Supper is a time of remembrance. With that in mind, let us see what the Lord's Supper serves to remind us.

·         We Are To Remember A Suffering Lord – Isaiah 52:14 “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:”

·         We Are To Remember A Sacrificing Lord – II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sinfor us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus gave his life for the atonement of our sins. When Jesus allowed himself to be nailed to the cross, he became our sacrifice for sins. In I Corinthians 11:24, 25 we are reminded to think about the broken flesh and shed blood of Jesus for the atonement of our sins.

·         We Are to Remember A Risen Lord - We need to remember that Jesus Christ died, but three days later, He arose from the dead. Jesus Lives – Matthew 28:6 “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come and see where the Lord lay.”

·         We Are To Remember a Returning Lord – I Corinthians 11:26 “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”

IT IS A SACRED ORDINANCE

The Lord's Supper service is sacred for several reasons. By sacred, I mean that it is to be held in high regard by those who participate in it. It possesses no saving power, but it is still holy unto the Lord. There are 3 basic reasons why the Lord's Supper is sacred.

·         It Was Instituted By Christ - Jesus inaugurated the first Lord's Supper before He went to the cross. Matthew 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

·         It’s a Witness for Christ - Paul makes it clear that when we participate in the Lord's Supper service that we are declaring our faith in the death, burial, resurrection and return of the Lord Jesus. Only believers should participate in this ordinance. I Corinthians 11:27 “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup, of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”

·         It Witnesses To Christ - While the Lord's Supper declares the faith of those who partake of it, it also points to the truth of Gospel to those who do not know the Lord. Every time we observe the Lord's Supper, we are serving up a witness to a lost and dying world.  

IT IS A SPECIAL ORDINANCE

The Lord's Supper service offers the church an opportunity to come together, v. 17, 18, 20, 33, 34. Five times in this chapter, Paul refers to the "coming together" of the church. This observance is special to the saints because it provides us the opportunity to do two things before participation of the Lord’s Supper.

·         We Have the Opportunity To Repent - Before anyone takes part in the Lord's Supper, they need to search their hearts and confess and repent of their sins. I Corinthians 11:28 “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.” The Christian must make sure that they have repented of all sins before participating in this special ordinance. If the Christians participates with examining himself, then he brings damnation to himself. Vs. 29“…eateth and drinketh damnation to himself…”

·         We Have The Opportunity To Renew - The Lord's Supper service is a wonderful to renew our vows unto the Lord. Many allow sin to creep into their lives and hinder their walk with the Lord. This is a good time to get all of that fixed up and get back on track with the Lord.

 

The Lord Supper ordinance is A SYMBOLIC ORDINANCE, A SACRED ORDINANCE, and A SPECIAL ORDINANCE. All Christians should participate with a clear conscience by examining himself and repenting of sins.

 

 

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