CommunionThe Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is a soul-stirring experience because of the depth of meaning it contains. It was during the age-old celebration of the Passover on the eve of His death that Jesus instituted a significant new fellowship meal that we observe to this day. It is an integral part of Christian worship. It causes us to remember our Lord's death and resurrection and to look for His glorious return in the future.

At St. Matthew, it is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month and is considered to be a serious part of worship and is something unexplainable between God and His people.

Biblical Teaching About the Lord's Supper:

  • Established by Christ: The Scriptures teach and we believe that something important occurs between God and His people in the shsaring of Holy Communion. In, with and under the bread and wine, the Lord offers His body and blood to strengthen the faith of believeing Christians. 1 Corinthians 10:16: Those who receive the Supper in faith received what Christ promised, the forgiveness of sins"

Communion 2Questions for all to Review Prior to Participation in the Lord's Supper:

Q: Do you acknowledge your sins and are you willing to turn from them with the aid and assistance of the Holy Spirit?

A: Yes, I acknowledge my sin and see the Lord's mercy. 1 John 1: 8-9

Q: Do you believe that God, for Jesus' sake, has forgiven you all your sins?

A: Yes, Christ died for me and suffered the punishment that I deserved. Isaiah 53: 4-6; Romans 6: 21,23

Q: Do you believe that the Lord offers Christians His body and blood in, with and under the bread and wine for the strengthening of faith and the forgiveness of sins?

A: Yes, I believe the Scripture which teaches, "Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16

Q: Should Christians with weak faith receive the Sacrament?

A: The Sacrament is especially offered for those weak of faith. Isaiah 42:3; John 6:37

Q: What conditions should cause a person to refrain from receiving the Sacrament?

A: Disbelieve (Hebrew 11:6), unwillingness to forgive another (Matthew 6:14-15), hatred (1 John 4: 19-21), or refusal to recognize the Body and the Blood of the Lord in the Sacrament
(1 Corinthians 11: 28-29)