“On the night he [Jesus] was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 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.’ 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.'” (1 Corinthians 11:23b – 25)
What is the Lord’s Supper?
The Lord’s Supper, (also known as ‘Communion’) is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. During the Lord’s Supper, we use two symbols, bread and wine. The bread is a symbol of Christ’s broken body, and the wine is symbolic of Christ’s blood which was shed for us. We take the Lord’s Supper to remember what Jesus has done for us.
When we take the Lord’s Supper, we need to realise that it is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross. Anyone who is a Christian is invited to join in the Lord’s Supper at Bethel Community Church. (Bible passages on this subject:Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
Why do we take the Lord’s Supper?
Jesus’ last meal with His twelve disciples took place during the celebration of Passover. Giving them bread, He said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Next, offering wine from a shared cup, He told them, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:26-28). Believers today observe the Lord’s Supper as a symbol of cleansing, consecration, and communion.
Jesus’ blood cleanses us of sin. He took upon Himself all our sin – past, present, and future – and died to pay the full penalty for us. And so, when a believer receives salvation, he or she is consecrated – set apart to the Lord. His sin is forgiven, and he receives eternal life as well as the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper gives the opportunity to remember what Jesus has done for us and to renew one’s commitment to obey and follow God.
The Lord’s Supper is also a time to be in communion. We are connected not only with the Lord who saved us but also with other believers. Among members of God’s family, we find comfort and support, just as the disciples and the early church did.
Who can take the Lord’s Supper?
The Lord’s Supper is a good time to stop and recall what Jesus has given us, which is why at Bethel Community Church we take Communion the first Sunday of each month. Anyone who has decided to follow God through faith in Jesus Christ is welcome to take the Lord’s Supper with us.