The Lords Supper
What is the
- Instituted: Matthew 26: 26-29
- Communion: 1 Corinthians 10:16
- From this example have derived many ways of
observing the Lords Supper: SHEET
If we follow the Bible, our worship will
be plain and simple for all to participate in.
- Why Do We Partake of The
Lords Supper? Are we commanded to do so?
- Commanded: (We learn by direct commands, example, necessary
inference Bible Auth.).
- Matt: 28:18-20 - Jesus Commanded Apostles to teach us and for us to
observe all things that they had been commanded.
- I Cor. 11:23-26 Paul follows through on Christs command
and has told the Corinthians previously and now again, about the need to partake of the
- For as oft as ye eat this
bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lords death till he come.
- We also have an example of the
Christians in Acts 2:42 observing this
this was not a meal
46 is a meal.)
- Answer: We partake to
show or remember Christs death. Yes, it is a command.
- When Do We Partake of the
- The First Day of the Week:
- Acts 20:7 Christians met to break bread.
- John 20:19 Being the first day of the week Understood that was when they met
- Acts 2 - Day of Pentecost Sunday. Day of the Starting of
the Church The rising of Christs Body.
- All makes sense when we consider Christ was risen
on the first day of the week.
Mk 16:2,9; Jn:20:1
- History also tells us that the
early church always partook of the Lord's Supper and gave upon the first day of every
week. Pliny, in his Book X, Justin Martyr in his Second Apology
For the Christians and Tertullian's De Ora pg. 135, testify that it was
practiced universally by congregations. Weekly assemblies have always been a part of the
Christian service to God.
- Why would the church have held to
assembling on the first day of the week, if the beginning of the church had been
upon a Saturday?
- Answer: We take the Lords
Supper on the First Day of the Week Sunday.
- Is it the Real Body of
bread is my body
and this fruit of the vine my blood"
- Not Literal
- Christ said that He was a vine - John 15:1
- Christ said that He was a door - John 10:9
- Answer: The doctrines of
Transubstantiation and Consubstantiation are not in the Bible. Jesus is not bread, water,
wine or a door. The representation of the Lord's Supper as the fruit of the vine and the
bread is simply figurative.
- Is the fruit of the Vine
Alcoholic? Or Was it then?
- The Lords Supper was
instituted during Passover and the feast of unleavened Bread.
- Jesus took the elements of this
feast and applied them to His memorial. He took the unleavened bread, blessed it
then took the cup and blessed it. The fruit of the vine was actually that. Unleavened drink. No fruit of the vine was
allowed fermentation during the feast. Use of anything fermented (containing Leaven
or yeast) during this time, would have resulted in one being Cut off from
- Heb 4:15 - For we have not a high
priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been
in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Jesus did not violate the law and sin by drinking a leavened drink.
- Answer: The Fruit of the Vine
was not and should not be Alcoholic.
- Should the Lords
Supper Be Offered Only Once on Sunday? - I Cor. 11:33
- We are all part of the Body of
- Many congregations meet at other
times and offer Communion. Other members
that attend here, meet similarly in the evening when they can attend, to partake of the
- Orderliness is commanded (I Cor. 11:33), 14:23, 33, 40.
- Brothers and Sisters communing together and
worshipping in Spirit and Truth.
- Answer: Yes, it is acceptable
to offer the Lords Supper more than once on Sunday.
- Who Can Partake of the
- Christians As a command, those who have been baptized into
Christ should take Communion.
- The Situation of Non-Christians
- Not being Christians they may not properly
understand the memorial of Christs sacrifice.
- They may also partake in an improper manner, as we
- I Cor. 10:16 Paul Tells us The Lords Supper is a communion with
the Lords body and blood. That is a fellowshipping with him. It is my
scriptural belief that only Christians can have fellowship with Christ. Though
may partake in a proper manner. (Discuss in moment)
- Consider the institution of the
Passover, a type of the Lords Supper. Ex. 12:43-51
- Consider also that one needed to
be circumcized to partake = Col. 2:8-2:12 Conclusion? The non-Christian should not partake until they
are Christian. Even if they can follow manner.
- Answer: For a Christian it is
their duty to partake of the Lords Supper. It is also the Duty of the Church
to explain what the memorial is and the proper way to partake if there are non-christians
who might potentially partake.
- Does partaking make our sins
- Many Denominations Teach this
- Catholics teach Forgiveness of
sins by participating in Mass.
- Different Protestant Groups teach
the Lords Supper has Special Powers.
- The Bible Teaches One thing
about the Lords Supper.
- It is a memorial done in memory of Christ's death and resurrection
- I Corinthians 11:26
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lords
death till he come.
- Forgiveness comes from
Baptism and Obedience.
- Acts 2:38 Then
Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins
- I John 1:7-2:1-4 In Christ, those who work at obeying the Lords
commands are forgiven by the Lord.
- Answer: The Lords Supper
cannot forgive us our sins. Only Baptism and Obedience can.
VII. Can a Christian
who has sinned or has not repented take the Lords Supper?
- Who is a sinner?
- I John 3: 9 -
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he
cannot sin, because he is born of God.
- Compare this to: I John 1:7-2:1-4 (read already). These verses say we all sin. Is this an
error in the Bible? No, I
John 3:9 is referencing practiced
sin, thus, we know we all sin.
- What is the difference between a
Christian sinner and a non-Christian sinner?
A Christian has an advocate he can bring his sins to in order that they may be forgiven.
- Answer: All men are sinners - Rom. 3:23
- Ok, we are all sinners,
But, a Christian who has not yet repented of his sins is different!!
- David and Bathsheba - II Samuel 12:1-7, 13. Davids
sin with Bathsheba, he knew adultry was a sin. He knew Murder was a sin. Heart
didnt acknowledge until Nathan pointed his sin out.
- Sometimes when we know something is wrong, it
takes our heart awhile to acknowledge.
- Speeding and other sins
Rom. 13 Govt Authority.
- Sometimes we sin and may not even be realizing
it. Uzzah, Nadab & Abihu, Paul.
- Answer: Who is going to cast
the first stone? Sinner, You cannot Remember Christ!
- Do we have any guidelines about
who should not partake?
- Argument against taking
Lords supper if you have sin 1
Cor 10:16 21 often used.
- In context, this is talking about
mans choice to serve the world or God. You cannot serve God and Mammon.
- Only way you can truly share is if you live for
Christ as a Christian and not the world.
- (Matt. 20:22, Matt. 26:39) You cannot partake of that Cup which is a life of service to God
and partake of the Cup which is service to Sin. To be in true Communion with Christ
you must live a life as a Christian.
- Taking 1 Cor. 10:16-21 to
mean someone who has sinned cant partake of the Lords Supper is out of Context.
- The True Guideline for partaking of the
Lords Supper is 1 Cor.
- Context, not talking about Christians with sin in
their lives, admonition is to focus on Christ instead of their stomachs!
- Answer: If a Christian
cant focus on Christ during the Lords Supper, they should not partake. This is
the only reason a Christian has to not partake!
- Warning to Non-Christians!
You may be God fearing Like Cornelius! And you may partake with your mind on
Christ. However, until you are baptized, you are not in Christ, nor in full
communion with Him.
- The Lords Supper is a memorial of his death
and his flesh and blood upon the cross.
- Christians are commanded to take it on the first
day of the week.
- Unleavened items we use to partake of memorial are
clear: Unleavened bread, Unleavened grape juice.
- Christians with sin in their lives are still
required to partake of the Lords Supper. Sin does not exclude.
- The only Christians who shouldnt partake of
Communion, are those who cant focus on Christs Death.
- If you are a non-Christian how
are your sins forgiven?:
Mark 16:16: If you
believe and are baptized, you shall be saved
- If you are a Christian how are
your sins forgiven?
I John 2:1-2: My
little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin,
we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the
propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole
The Lords Supper -
ROMAN CATHOLICS (and
Daily mass is observed and
usually required as a "perpetual sacrifice of Christ's blood". Better
known as Holy Eucharist. To the Catholics, the bread becomes the actual body of Christ and
the wine His actual blood. This is known as "Transubstantiation".
Sins are forgiven as part of Mass.
Their teaching on the Lord's
Supper is distinctively peculiar. They believe in "Consubstantiation".
When the Lutheran priest blesses the bread, they say that the true body and blood of our
Lord Jesus Christ are under the bread and wine.
The Lord's Supper is taken once a
They believe in closed communion.
Only those who have been voted into the church can take the communion. They do not offer
the Lord's Supper upon every first day of the week.
Their taking of the Lord's Supper
is usually every quarter. A collection for the "poor" is associated with the
observance of the Lord's Supper.
The Lord's Supper is taken once a
year after sundown on the "exact day" of the year Christ died. Unleavened
bread and fermented wine are used for the communion, and only those of the "heavenly
elect" (144,000) can partake of the Lord's Supper.
Mormons meet on Sunday for
worship which includes weekly observance of the Lord's Supper. They use light bread and
water instead of unleavened bread and grape juice.
Their worship service is held on
the Sabbath which begins Friday at sundown and lasts until Saturday at sundown. The Lord's
Supper is usually observed once a quarter and always preceded by the observance of
The only thing different about
this religious group from the others is in their observance of the Lord's Supper. The
minister is to invite "all those who have with true repentance forsaken their sins
and have believed in Christ for salvation" to take communion.
The unique teaching that
separates the pentecostals from other religious bodies is their divine healing that
supposedly takes place while they partake of the Lord's Supper. They believe that the
communion is a quickening life of Christ for their healing.
Christian Scientists have
eliminated the Lord's Supper from their worship. They hold so called communion services in
the branch services twice a year, but on these occasions, neither bread nor wine is
used. It is basically a type of meditation.