The Lord’s Supper
WHAT IS THE LORD’S SUPPER?
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is a powerful memorial instituted by the Lord Jesus that 1) uses bread as a symbol for Jesus’ body, and 2) wine as a symbol for his blood. Jesus started this tradition of communion on the same night in which he was betrayed. He instructed his followers to use bread and win to remember the sacrifice he was going to make when he died for our sins on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
It’s interesting that, throughout his ministry, Jesus called himself “the bread of life,” which means that we’re nourished by him; we survive because of him; and he satisfies us when everything else leaves us empty (John 6:48-51).
We must then draw near to Jesus, believing in him, and in order to be fulfilled by him (John 6:35).
WHO IS COMMUNION FOR?
The Communion is for any person who as placed his or her faith in Jesus Christ, and has entered a personal relationship with him. What communion does not do is:
It doesn’t make you a Christian.
It doesn’t save your soul.
It doesn’t get you in heaven.
God actually warns us about taking communion without considering what it means and why we’re doing it!
The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why he did it. (1 Corinthians 11:27-31)
After all, Jesus desires an authentic relationship with his followers. So, if you’re enjoying a life-giving worship experience with us on Sunday, but have not yet entered into a personal relationship with Christ, don’t come to the table just because the person next to you came forward and you’re concerned about what people may think of you if you don’t participate. Do know this though: God loves you and he wants you to come to table. But, he wants you to want it too!
So, if you’re with us this Sunday and you don’t yet understand what Communion is all about, or you are not sure if you’re a follower of Jesus yet, don’t feel pressured to walk forward. Come find one of the pastors after service, and ask us more about it. Remember, Jesus wants to have an authentic relationship with you. And there’s nothing authentic about going through the motions.
“[Communion] is not about the bread and wine; it’s about the body and blood of Jesus.
It’s not about the ritual or the method; it’s about listening to Jesus and doing what He says.
Communion is not an obligation, but a celebration.
Communion celebrates the Gospel: Jesus was broken for us so that we can be fixed [restored] by Him.
Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God (1 Peter 3:18). It’s not about a ritual to revere, but a person to worship.As often as we remember Jesus, we should celebrate Jesus.”
PRACTICING THE ORDINANCE
At Restoration Church, here’s how we practice communion:
The praise leader will begin playing a song. One of the pastors will ask that people begin coming forward as they feel comfortable. Don’t worry if a line begins to form. As you approach the elements, take a piece of the bread, dip it in the juice (we use juice instead of wine), and take it back with you to your seat. As you wait, you can do so silently or in quiet prayer and meditation. Wait for all participants to return to their seats. Take some time to pray and thank Jesus for willingly giving up his life to save yours. Once all participants have returned to their seats, a few words will be spoken. Then, the elements will be taken together as a church family.