Revisiting our Observance of the Lord’s Supper

HolyCommunion.lgYet another post on our observance of the Lord’s Supper.  Why? It’s a means of grace that God’s people should be benefiting from each time it is celebrated (whatever we choose to call it – Eucharist, Holy Communion, etc).

Question: when you eat that bread and drink that cup, are you by faith truly sharing in the body and blood of Christ, spiritually, though not physically?  To clarify, are you being nourished by Christ and all his benefits?

Or has the Lord’s Table lost its meaning for you?  This really doesn’t have to be the case.  Consider how the Apostle Paul wrote two chapters to correct abuses surrounding the Lord’s Table.

It’s simply too important!

It’s meant as a re-presentation of the story of redemption, and how whenever we eat the bread and drink the cup, we’ve come to share in that story.

Further, whenever we come to the Lord’s Table, we should be sharing in the body and blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16).  We should be feasting and feeding on the spiritual presence of Christ by faith (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:3-4).  It’s intended as nourishment for the journey of God’s people (2 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Corinthians 11:26).

So I’m simply encouraging you as a fellow pilgrim, to revisit this sacred meal–as a means of grace, where we commune with our risen and glorified Savior.

If your church has devalued this sacred meal as something we do after the main event, then you need to engage your pastor on the matter.

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8 Responses to Revisiting our Observance of the Lord’s Supper

  1. Craig Benno says:

    One of the things I really appreciate about our church is the observance of the Lord’s Supper every week. I believe there is powerful grace infused through, over, and within the activity of partaking.

    • TC Robinson says:

      My friend and brother, I’m encouraged by this. My prayer is that a better understanding of the Supper will lead to an increase frequency in our local churches.

  2. Kevin S. says:

    I see it as a sacrament, even though I’m baptist. To be united with Christ and have forgiveness of sins is precious.

  3. Jon Hughes says:

    If it’s something that we should not do after the main event, are you suggesting that it should be the main event itself? And if so, do we go back to the altar being central rather than the pulpit?

    • TC Robinson says:

      Kevin
      Rarity for a Baptist. Baptists tend to view the Supper as merely symbolic and not as a means of grace.

      Jon,
      The centrality of the altar is a Medieval Roman Catholicism. Not exactly, but the Supper as a re-presentation of the gospel should be elevated in our worship services, not slighted or something to that effect.

      • Craig Benno says:

        I get a little worried about the terminology of the main event, which diminishes every thing else. The Apostle Paul goes to great lengths to criticise this kind of thinking within the meeting.

        Communion is part of the main event whic is the fellowship of the daints.

      • Jon Hughes says:

        “We believe that Christ is truly present in the Lord’s Supper; yea, we believe that there is no communion without the presence of Christ. This is the proof: ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ (Matt. 18:20). How much more is he present where the whole congregation is assembled to his honour! We believe that the true body of Christ is eaten in the communion in a sacramental and spiritual manner by the religious, believing, and pious heart (as also St. Chrysostom taught). And this is in brief the substance of what we maintain in this controversy, and what not we, but the truth itself teaches.” (Huldrych Zwingli)

  4. TC Robinson says:

    Craig,
    It’s really exaggerated language on my part. I’m in total agreement with you, my friend. 😉

    Jon,
    Nicely done.

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