This coming Sunday morning we are taking the Lord’s Supper together. I encourage you to prepare yourself and your family. There is too much to say about the Lord’s Supper for it all to be contained in a blog post, but here are some thoughts to help get you ready:
Scripture passages for reading and contemplation:
- Matthew 26:26-30 – The first Lord’s Supper
- 1 Corinthians 11:17-33 – Instructions about the Lord’s Supper
- Matthew 26:30-28:20 – The reality/backstory symbolized by the Lord’s Supper
Thinking/discussion points related to the Lord’s Supper:
- It is a re-pledging of our allegiance to Christ. The Lord’s Supper is one of the two New Testament ordinances, the other being baptism. Both are highly charged symbols of the greatest act of our Lord – His death, burial, and resurrection; therefore, both ordinances allow us to publicly identify ourselves with Him. We are His disciples. Our loyalty to Him supercedes our loyalty to any earthly government or head of state or culture. “Jesus is Lord” as “all authority in heaven and on earth belong to Him.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 11:27-32; Matthew 28:18)
- It is a renewal of our gratitude to God. As we contemplate Christ’s death on the cross, gratitude and humility well up within us that the Godhead would love us this much. (Matthew 26:26-30)
- The congregation together is emphatically and humbly proclaiming the gospel. Unbelievers in the room with us will see rational, responsible, intelligent people of all ages, walks of life, and people groups, intentionally and without shame affirm their belief in Christ and the gospel. That is an extraordinarily powerful witness to Christ. Beyond those in the room, our practice of the Lord’s Supper has the same effect on unbelievers in our area. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
- It is a re-pledging of our commitment to each other to be the Bride that Christ wants to have; the Bride described in Ephesians 5:25-27. The Lord’s Supper is given to the local church to be practiced by the local church. It has a vertical effect AND a horizontal effect; it deals with our relationship with the Lord AND each other. In the Lord’s Supper, we are also recommitting to each other to work together in pursuing Christ’s design for the local church, that through us He might be revealed to a watching world. (1 Corinthians 11:17-22, 33-34)
It is not by coincidence that we are observing the unity meal of the local church in the middle of our sermon series on unity. Last Sunday (listen to sermon here,) we thought about why the unity of a local church is of the highest priority, this Sunday we will talk about the work for unity, and then next Sunday the foundation of unity.
Please pray for yourself and NEHBC in anticipation of the Lord’s Supper. Pray also for Pastor Brandon, Jorge, our musicians, our AV tech team, and our ushers as they prepare to guide us through the Lord’s Supper on Sunday.