THE LORD’S SUPPER
In Calvary Worship Centre, our practice is to share in the Lord’s Supper once a month, in homes all over the Lower Mainland. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper in homes in keeping with the New Testament practice of sharing the communion in homes as part of a meal. (‘Breaking bread’ together – Acts 2:42,47, Acts 20:7, Matthew 16:20-28)
Please call the leader of your most convenient home group location to find out when the next Lord Supper will be held.
In our Victoria branch the Lord’s Supper is shared as part of the service on the last Sunday of the month.
Also, at our ‘Annual Summer Camp’ we all gather to share a meal together and we serve the Lord’s Supper as part of that meal. In so doing, we desire to maintain continuity with the New Testament practices of celebrating the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Jesus death, and at the same time celebrating our fellowship with each other by eating together.
WHAT IS THE LORD’S SUPPER?
It is a simple act in which Christians share together in bread and the fruit of the vine.
“The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread” (1 Corinthians 11:23)
It is a reminder that there is no wall between us and God.
“… and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is broken for you; eat it in remembrance of me.”(1 Corinthians 11:24)
It is a proclamation of faith, especially our faith in the Lord’s return, for it is to be done ‘until He comes back’
“….For whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes back.”( 1 Corinthians 11:26)
It is a Memorial, a Symbol or an Icon that represents a great promise full of benefits waiting to be explored.
We eat the bread in memory of His body and we drink the cup in memory of His blood.
“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)
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE LORD’S SUPPER?
Only those who are already believers in Christ and who honour His death and resurrection.
“For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment” (1 Corinthians 11:29) Also read Mark 14:22-26
HOW DO I PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE LORD’S SUPPER?
The Lord’s Supper is to be taken with reverence.
“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)
We prepare ourselves by:
Self-Examination (reflecting on our spiritual condition) 1 Corinthians 11:27
Confessing our Sins John 1:9
Knowing who we are In Christ Romans 8:37, 1 Corinthians 1:30
Restoring Relationships Matthew 5:23-24
WHEN AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD I OBSERVE THE LORD’S SUPPER?
It is to be observed with other Christians. There is ample indication from the scripture that the Lord’s Supper is designed to be a communal meal and is to be observed by the church on a regular basis. We commune not just with the Lord, but with one another.
The disciples “came together” to break bread – Acts 20:7
When they came together, they were to “wait for one another” – 1Cor. 11:33
Partaking together of “one bread”, they demonstrate they are “one bread and one body” – 1Cor. 10:17