6 Applications of The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper, or communion, is a time to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made to atone for our sins. There are six key applications of the Lord’s Supper that will help us to be an active participant in this sacred ceremony.

"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. 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. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves."

1 Corinthians 11:23-29

6 APPLICATIONS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER

#1 – ACKNOWLEDGE

1 Corinthians 11:24 says Jesus took the bread and gave thanks. When we participate in the Lord’s supper, this is an opportunity to express our gratitude to God for who He is and what He has done.

  • We acknowledge that God is our creator, and we are His creations.
  • We acknowledge that God is our Father, and we are His children.
  • We acknowledge that God is our shepherd, and we are His sheep.
  • We acknowledge that God is our Savior while we were yet sinners.

#2 – REMEMBER

Jesus tells us to take the wine that represents His blood, and the bread that represents His body, in remembrance of Him. This is an intimate and personal time of recalling that leads us to recalibrate our lives according to who Jesus is and what Jesus has done.

  • We remember that Jesus’ body was broken – His perfection for our imperfection.
  • We remember that His blood was shed – His innocence for the guilty.

#3 – GATHER

Jesus gathered with His twelve disciples to participate in the Lord’s supper. This is an opportunity to be together with other believers so we can be encouraged and challenged in our walk with Jesus.

  • We encourage – believing the best in others.
  • We challenge – wanting the best in others.

#4 – DECLARE

Jesus said whenever we participate in the Lord’s supper, we are proclaiming the Lord’s death until He comes. This is an unashamed, public announcement to the world of who Jesus is to us and who Jesus can be to others.

  • We declare “I am saved”, going public about a personal decision made in private.
  • We declare how to be saved, inviting others to join the journey.

#5 – EXAMINE

Jesus instructs us to examine ourselves before participating in the Lord’s supper, so as not to place judgment on ourselves. This is an inward inspection of ourselves based on the word and works of Jesus that reveals what needs to be confessed and addressed in our lives.

  • We need to examine our thoughts.
  • We need to examine our attitudes.
  • We need to examine our actions.

#6 – HOPE

Jesus gives us hope of His coming, an unshakable assurance that God will do what He said He will do when He said He will do it.

We place our hope in Jesus for today, tomorrow, and forever.

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