By Karen Polich
The act of observing The Lord’s Supper is a personal experience. Pastor Michael M. Cook shared three components of true biblical communion.
1. Preparation. This is key. Without preparing our hearts, we are not able to bring a heart of worship.
2. Commitment. Partaking in the Lord’s Supper publicly demonstrates our love for Christ. It is an opportunity to share that commitment with other believers.
3. Remembrance. The Lord’s Supper serves as a memorial for Christ’s sacrifice. He willingly gave all for each of us.
In 1 Corinthians Paul writes powerful words of the beauty involved in worshiping through communion.
1 Corinthians 11:23-28 (NIV)
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 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.” 25 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.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, 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. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
It is not intended to be a ceremonial ritual or flippant engagement. The early church in Corinth had taken what was special and turned it into a thoughtless task. (Read more of 1 Corinthians 11.) How often do we approach God with mindless habit instead of a joyous heart? In preparing for communion, we are reminded of all Christ has done, is doing and will do for us. The Lord’s Supper allows us to bring an open heart before our Lord for true worship.