Friday, October 19, 2012

How to Prepare Yourself for the Lord's Supper

1 Corinthians 11:28 says each person should examine themselves before eating the bread and drinking the cup at the Lord's Table. Here are the four bare minimum things that must be examined and obeyed before you should celebrate with fellow believers at the Lord's Table:

1. Believe solely on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. Only professed believers in Jesus Christ should take the Lord's Supper. This is a meal that reflects our communion with Jesus and with fellow Christians. No one who has not entered into a relationship with God and His church should celebrate this meal.

2. Understand the nature of this meal of remembrance. The bread symbolizes Christ's body given for His church on the Cross. The wine (or juice) symbolizes the shed blood of Christ to bring forgiveness of sins and to inaugurate a new covenant with the people of God.

3. Be in a right relationship with God. No person engaged in known and unrepentant sin should partake of the meal. If you are engaged in ongoing adultery, lying (deception, fraud, etc.), rebellion against authority and so on and so forth, you must not take this meal symbolizing fellowship with God. Your unrepentant sin must be confessed as sin and turned from in repentance in order to restore your relationship with God. And friends, fear not, God forgives us of all sin and unrighteousness when we confess (1 John 1:9).

4. Be in a right relationship with others. In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus says that when we come to the place of worship and are made aware of a breach in fellowship with another, we must go and make things right with that person before continuing to worship God. I believe this verse applies to all aspects of corporate worship, but it certainly applies to the Lord's Table. First go and be reconciled, and then come and participate in this meal symbolizing communion with God and fellowship with other believers.

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