Imagine its your birthday. All your friends throw a party, but at the actual party they ignore you. Everyone is having such a good time that they forget the person and the event that brought them together!
Well, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest event of all time. And to make sure we don’t gather at church and forget Him, Jesus gave us a special ordinance, called the Lord’s Supper or Communion.
The purpose of this ceremonial meal is to remind us of Jesus (See 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). The eating of the bread and the drinking of the juice reminds us how His body was broken and His blood was shed for us.
This coming Sunday morning (June 26th 11.00am service), we will partake of the Lord’s Supper together. As we get ready for this special time together, I want to encourage you to prepare your heart in the following ways:
- Make sure that you are genuinely saved (2 Corinthians 13:5). The Lord’s supper is for those who have believed on Christ and are trusting completely in His death and resurrection to save them from their sin. If you have never done that, then “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31). The Lord’s Supper does not add any spiritual merit to us, it only pictures the work of Christ who did everything to save us.
- Make sure that you are living in obedience to Christ. Just as we would not come to a friend’s table with dirty hands, so should we not come to the Lord’s table with dirty hearts. We should examine our lives for an unconfessed sins and confess them to Him, knowing that He is faithful and just to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Don’t let past failure or sin keep you from partaking, because Christ died for and forgives every believer of all sin, past, present, and future. Let the observance of the Lord’s Supper motivate you to deal with sin, to confess it to God and forsake it (1 Corinthians 11:28).
- Consider whether you have followed Christ’s command to be baptised. Part of living in obedience to Christ is to follow His command to be baptised (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:41). If you have not been baptised by immersion after salvation in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, then let us help you learn about doing that so that you can obey the Lord in this area of your life as well. All believers will be invited to partake on Sunday, but we strongly encourage any unbaptised believer to be baptised as soon as possible.
- Make sure that there is nothing between you and another person.Part of getting right with God is getting right with others. Before we can enjoy renewed fellowship with God, we must confess our faults to each other and seek to make things right with others (James 5:16, Matthew 5:23-24).
- Learn about the significance of the Lord’s Supper. Read the following key passages that talk about what the Lord’s Supper is and why we do it: Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:14-23, Acts 2:42, 1 Corinthians 11:20-22.
If you have any questions about the Lord’s Supper, salvation, or baptism, please contact Pastor James at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02871226164
Please come and join us @15a The Diamond, Derry, BT48 6HW.
We look forward to seeing you there!