THE LORD’S SUPPER

“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19

THE BIBLE SAYS…

1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-34

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 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. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.”

THEREFORE…

WE BELIEVE THAT THE LORD’S SUPPER IS INTENDED TO FOCUS OUR FATIH ON THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AS THE ONLY GROUND OF OUR SALVATION: This ordinance confirms that our entire salvation rests on Christ’s one-time sacrifice for us on the cross.

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:26

WE RECOGNIZE THAT CHRIST HAS COMMANDED ALL BELIEVERS TO EAT THIS BROKEN BREAD AND DRINK THIS CUP IN REMEMBRANCE OF HIM: Partaking of the Lord’s Supper symbolizes that we remember and accept the entire suffering and death of Christ. We acknowledge that it is through faith in His death on the cross for us that we receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE BREAD AND JUICE ARE ONLY SYMBOLS AND DO NOT BECOME THE REAL BODY OF CHRIST: As the water of baptism is not changed into Christ’s literal blood, neither do the elements of the Lord’s Supper become the actual body and blood of Christ.

“As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” John 6:57

WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH THIS ORDINANCE CHRIST TEACHES US THAT HIS CRUCIFIED BODY AND POURED-OUT BLOOD ARE FOOD AND DRINK FOR OUR ETERNAL SOULS: By this visible sign we, through the Holy Spirit’s work, share in Christ’s true body and blood in a spiritual sense, as surely as our mouths receive the physical elements of communion.

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51

WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE LORD’S SUPPER IS OPEN TO ALL WHO ARE DISPLEASED WITH THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF THEIR SINS, BUT WHO NEVERTHELESS TRUST THAT THEIR SINS HAVE BEEN PARDONED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS: All hypocrites and those who are unrepentant, however, should never partake of the Lord’s Supper, for to do so means that they eat and drink judgment upon themselves.

“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” 1 Corinthians 11:28-30