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The Communion Service

Lesson 25

Marking Code: C
Marking Color: Black
Key Text: 1 Corinthians 11: 23-30

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 11:23-30. The bread and wine of the Communion service commemorate the great sacrifice of Jesus-His life of obedience and His death on the cross as an unblemished sacrifice for our sins. By celebrating the Lord’s Supper, we keep in mind His death and perfect atonement until He comes again.

 

Matthew 26:26-30.

Luke 22: 14-20.

 

Note: Paul makes several points regarding the Lord’s Supper-or communion. He says:

All who believe may eat the bread and drink the wine.

Spiritual preparation of the heart is necessary before taking part.

The Lord’s Supper looks backward to Jesus sacrifice and forward to the great marriage supper of the Lamb of heaven.

No set time is specified; some churches celebrate the Lord’s Supper each quarter-four times per year.

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 5: 7,8. Leaven (yeast) and fermentation are symbols of sin and decay. Therefore, the bread used in the Communion service should be unleavened bread, and the wine should not be fermented wine, but the pure juice of the grape. Only such symbols can accurately represent the perfect, unblemished sacrifice of Jesus.

 

1 Peter 1:19; 2:22.

 

  1. Hebrews 10: 10-14. Christ died once as a complete sufficient sacrifice. It isn’t necessary to repeat His sacrifice over and over again as it is believed happens in the service of the mass. Communion is a symbolic remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

 

  1. John 13: 1-17. Jesus also instituted the service of foot washing as a preparation for the Lord’s Supper.

 

Note: The foot washing service is important preparation for the Lord’s Supper because of:

 

Christ’s command John 13:14.

Christ’s example John 13:15.

Christ’s promised blessing. John 13:17.

 

  1. Luke 22: 16, 18. The Communion service looks forward to the marriage supper of the Lamb, which we will eat together with Jesus in heaven.

 

Luke 12:37.

 

C-End.

 

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