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The Lord’s Supper is something all Christians celebrate. But what does mean? You will experience the Lord’s Supper in a fresh way as you find out about the 7 key themes and 5 reasons Christians should make it an important part of their worship. Includes a glossary of terms, historical background of the Early Church, and a comparison of views of the Lord’s Supper.

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  • HOLY COMMUNION EXPLAINED

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    WHAT IS THE LORDS SUPPER? In a simple way, the Lords Supper is a meal that Jesus had with his disciples the night before he was cruci ed. Jesus commanded them to continue celebrating the supper. Years later, as an explanation of this practice, the Apostle Paul wrote to Christians in Corinth:

    I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: Th e Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, Th is is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, Th is cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes (1 Cor. 11:2326).

    The Lords Supper is not a common meal. It is a time of fellowship, re ection, remembering, and spirituality. The Lords Supper is related to how Christians understand who Jesus is and what he did in his earthly ministry. Understanding the meaning and importance of the Lords Supper in the life of the church will help us to better understand Jesus life and ministry.

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    Meals and the Bible

    Is it a coincidence that two of the main celebrations in the Bible, the Passover in the Old Testament and the Lords Supper in the New Testament, are centered on meals? Many of our fondest memories and relationships tend to be formed around the sharing of food. Meals allow us to develop relationships with others; God invites us into a special relationship with him, our deepest relationship. We get to know God during these special meals in a special way. When we share a meal with others with gratitude to God, we humbly recognize our dependence on Gods goodness. Meals address basic human needs: food for hunger and water for thirst. In our daily meals, we remember and are thankful for Gods goodness and provision for our lives. Because food and drink are so close to our most basic needs, they become exceptional images for our most basic spiritual needs: forgiveness of sin, reconciliation with God and with other people, and spiritual nourishment.

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    WHY DO CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE THE LORDS SUPPER? We participate in the Lords Supper because: Jesus commanded his followers to do it (1 Cor. 11:2426). Just as a physical meal feeds and strengthens the body,

    celebrating the Lords Supper feeds and strengthens the body of Christ, as a community and individually. It is a way to proclaim our hope in Christs return and our

    forgiveness through his blood (1 Cor. 11:26). Every time we celebrate the Lords Supper, we proclaim the Gospel and Jesus return. It creates a strong bond of spiritual fellowship among

    believers (1 Cor. 10:17). The Lords Supper is another form of worship (for many

    Christians, a special form of worship). It is a necessary time for re ection and introspection (1 Cor. 11:28). It teaches new believers about who Jesus is and what he did for us

    (1 Cor. 11:2426) and refreshes seasoned believers. It fosters unity with Christ and among believers. Unity is one of the central

    messages of the celebration. This unity is symbolized in the one loaf of bread all share (1 Cor. 10:17).

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN? The Lords Supper is important to our understanding of being Christs church. It is meaningful in the following four areas: Worship. It is a way to worship Christ for his work, grace, love, and salvation. We

    participate with gratitude for Jesus sacri ce for us. Witness. Participating in the Lords Supper gives a testimony that Jesus died for

    our sins and resurrected in victory to give us eternal life, and that Jesus will return as a victorious king (Matt. 26:29; 1 Cor. 11:26). Edifi cation. In the Lords Supper, the Holy Spirit ministers to us individually and as

    Christs body (1 Cor. 10:16). It is a time for mutual instruction, restoring broken relationships, forgiving past grievances, and repenting for offenses against others (1 Cor. 11:2829). Service. The Lords Supper is an occasion for Christians to serve each other, at the

    moment of the celebration itself as well as beyond the Lords Supper. Remembering the sacri cial gift of Christ on the cross (the gifts of the bread and the wine) is a powerful motivation for us to offer your bodies as living sacri ces, holy and pleasing to God (Rom. 12:1). Just as we receive abundant gifts from the Lord, so do we extend this generosity unto others around us, starting with those closest to us (1 Tim. 5:8).

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  • www.rose-publishing.com 2011 Rose Publishing, Inc. Bible Reference Made Easy Permission granted to the original purchaser to print out. It is illegal to sell, email, replicate, duplicate, or post any part of this on the Internet. More than 70 Bible reference charts and PowerPoints available. Download catalog and sign up for Rose Bible e-Charts at www. rose-publishing.comTitle: The Lords Supper Product Code: 798X ISBN-13: 9781596364424

    NAMES FOR THE CELEBRATION1. BREAKING OF THE BREADAD (((AcAcActststss 2222:4:442;2;2;2; 111111 CCCCCorororor.. 1010101010:1:1:1:1:11: 6)6)6)6)6)66) In the times of the Apostles, the expression was used for a meal in a family or

    a larger group. Jesus instituted the Lords Supper at the end of a Passover celebration meal

    (Luke 22:1316). Sharing a meal with others creates a sense of belonging and unity.2. HOLY COMMUNION (1 CoCor.r 110:0:16161616))) The Apostle Paul writes about the communion of the blood and the

    communion of the body of Christ. The Greek word he used in this verse is koinonia, which is a word that speaks of a two-sided relationship. It is variously translated as communion, fellowship, participation or sharing. Communion with whom? First, it refers to communion among believers, with

    each other, as Paul suggests in verse 17: Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. Second, it refers to the believers union with Christ.

    3. TABLE OF THE LORD (1 CoCor.r. 110:0:0:0:2121212 )))) The Apostle Paul uses this expression to contrast the celebration of the

    Lords Supper with the pagan sacri ces common in his time. The pagan celebrations included food sacri ced to their gods and abundant wine. Often these celebrations ended in drunkenness and debauchery. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that drunkenness does not have any place

    at the Lords Table (1 Cor. 11:34). You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lords table and the table of demons (1 Cor. 10:21).

    4. LORDS SUPPER (1 Cor. 11:1:2020))) It refers to the historical event in which Jesus instituted this practice for his

    followers (Matt. 26:2628). During this last meal, Jesus instructed his disciples about the Holy Spirit and

    their task after Jesus left them (John 1316). At the end of the meal, Jesus established and commanded the celebration of the Supper.

    5. EUCHARIST (1 Cor. 11:2424) The word eucharist is a Greek word meaning thanksgiving. It is a reference

    to the Apostles teaching that Jesus gave thanks before giving the Apostles bread and wine (1 Cor. 11:24). The Corinthian Christians celebrated the Lords Supper in the context of a

    group meal (also called love feast, see 2 Peter 2:13; Jude 12). After the meal, the Christians from Corinth would celebrate the Eucharist by giving God thanks for the gifts of the Lords Supper.

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    THE LORDS SUPPER: PRACTICE AMONG CHRISTIANSChristian Unity in thee Lororddsss SuSuSuSuuppppppppererererer

    One of the central purpose of the Lords Supper is unity. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:17: Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. One of the main themes in First Corinthians is the unity of the church. Here, the Apostle suggests that the unity of all believers is expressed symbolically when we share together the Table of the Lord. In Christ, believers are one, like a loaf of bread.Pauls conclusion about the oneness of all Christians agrees with Jesus own prayer for the unity of the church: Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one (John 17:11; see, also, 17:2023). The New Testament makes it clear that Christian unity is not an option but part of God

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