1 Corinthians 11:17-29
Conduct at the Lord’s Supper
17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood[c] of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
This is a letter Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth. They were having issues much like many of today’s churches. Although Paul wasn’t an Apostle who sat at the table with Jesus he did spend three years after his conversion learning about Jesus and His ways. When he presented this message to the Corinthians he did so with authority.
There is a proper way to conduct the Lords Supper and Paul knew the Corinthians were not honoring the memory of Christ’s death. He went as far as to say they were sinning at the communion table.
It was during the celebration of Passover that Jesus held the first communion. The Passover began when God freed the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12). Unleavened bread and the Passover lamb were eaten to commemorate this event.
Jesus transformed the Hebrew Passover meal into what is known today as the Lord’s Supper. He used the bread and wine to point to himself as the real Passover Lamb of God
Four Truths Paul Shares about Communion
- It took place on the night Jesus was betrayed
- We are to give thanks for the sacrifice
- The meals consisted of two articles
The bread – Represents the body of Christ given to you
The Cup: Christ’s blood & cup of the New Covenant given to forgive sins.
The Bible says without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22).
- We are to examine ourselves before participating in the Lords Supper.
Why do we celebrate the Lords Supper?
- Jesus commanded His followers to do it to remember His sacrifice.
- It creates a strong bond of fellowship among believers (1 Cor. 10:17).
- It’s another form of worship.
- It’s a necessary time of reflection and introspection (1 Cor. 11:28).
Instructions for Communion at Community Church
- Stand as the congregation reads the Apostles Creed
- Scripture Reading
- Time of silent prayer followed my Pastor offering thanks.
- Pastor presents the table
- Congregation comes forward to receive communion.
Instructions as the congregation comes forward
You: Approach Pastor, hands held out in front of you to receive the bread
Pastor: Hands the bread to each person and says, “The body of Christ given for you”
Pastor: Holds out the cup and says; The Cup of the New Covenant given to wash away sins.
You: Dip end of bread into the cup and eat immediately. Then go back to seat.
We recite the Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; *The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.
*Catholic refers to the universal church.
Matthew 26:26-29 (records the account of Jesus presenting the Lord’s Supper)
The Pastor invites the congregation to the communion table