Communion Instructions

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What is Communion (the Lord's Supper or Eucharist)?

It is the regular remembrance and celebration of the Lord’s sacrificial death. The breaking and eating of bread has to do with Christ’s body being broken on the cross. The drinking from the cup has to do with the shedding of Christ’s blood whereby we are forgiven.
{Matthew 26.26–28; 1 Corinthians 11.23–24}

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What is the purpose of Communion?

The primary purpose of communion is to take time to remember all that the Lord did for us. It is a time to worship and give thanks for the forgiveness of our sins and the new life and relationship that we have in Jesus Christ. This time of remembrance was initiated by Jesus just before His death. Because we tend to be forgetful people, in the Old Testament, believers were called to remember the faithfulness of God through various memorials. In the New Testament, this is the way that Jesus wanted us to remember His love and forgiveness of our sins.

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This 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 Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11.23-26

These verses also explain that communion is a time of personal examination. It is a time to examine our relationship with the Lord and others.

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.
1 Corinthians 11.27-32

Where and how often should we celebrate it?

We believe that it is a good thing for believers to celebrate not only “at church” or in the “church building” but also in homes and appropriate places all around the city. We can celebrate regularly and often. God invites to celebrate as often as we feel is appropriate.

In Acts 2.42-47 we read that believers met on a regular basis in their homes to celebrate communion.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those
who were being saved.

Who can take Communion?

Any person who has believed on or trusted the Lord Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. This means it is possible that some members of your group may not want to participate.

Who can serve (give, facilitate, administer or officiate) Communion?

Biblically speaking anyone can serve or facilitate communion. Strategically we think that the Life Group Leader or Apprentice would be a good one to serve as it would be a great opportunity for servant leadership in the same way that Jesus served His disciples. However
there may be other members who are equally able to lead and serve in this celebration. It is at the leader’s discernment and discretion.