Lesson Fifteen

The Lord's Supper

"What is the Importance of the Lord's Supper in My Life?"

Who Should Participate in the Lord's Supper?

  The passage of Scripture that is used to teach the Lord's Supper was written to a church and describes how communion should be conducted. the people Paul was writing to were Believers. Lost people are not included at the Lord's table because they are not saved and the death and suffering of Christ would not have any significance to them (1 Corinthians 11:20-34).  1 Corinthians 11:20
When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
11:23 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:
11:24 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.
11:25 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.
11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

11:27 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.

11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
11:33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
11:34 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.


Since the Lord's Supper Is Important, How Often Should It Be Held?


The only instructions that God has given us concerning the frequency with which we have the Lord's Supper is found in 1 Corinthians 11:25-26. In verse 25 it says "... as oft as ye drink it," and verse 26 states, "For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup...," indicating that it si decided by the church officers when the Lord's Supper should be held. No other passage tells us how often this ordinance is to be celebrated.


How Should the Lord's Supper Be Performed?


  There are no explicit instructions on how to perform the Lord's Supper. Unleavened bread should be used as in accordance with the Passover Feast, which the Lord's supper typifies (Matthew 26:17; Luke 22:1). Those believers who which to participate should be allowed to do so, and as God wants all things done, it should be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40). Matthew 26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.



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