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THE LORD'S SUPPER
or 'THE BREAKING OF BREAD'

More about why and how we 'take communion' or 'break bread' together

The 'Breaking of Bread Service' is also known as a 'communion' service.

This is a special time for people who love Jesus and have made a personal commitment (by faith) to love and trust Jesus himself as their Saviour.

Everyone is welcome to come along, but if you have not made this commitment to trust and obey Jesus - or are not quite sure yet - we ask you simply to pass on the bread and the wine without tasting it yourself. There is nothing 'magical' in the actual bread or wine - they are simply symbols, but very important ones! If you're not sure where you stand, you are welcome to contact the church and request a chat to help clarify your thoughts.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BREAKING BREAD

The Bible gives several instructions about how Christians should break bread to remember him, as we see on this page.

Two important principles stand out:

  • The attitude in which Christians approach the Lord's Table is certainly important.
    (1 Cor 11. 27-34)
  • A sense of order in gatherings of the Lord's people is essential.
    (1 Cor 14. 40)

No specific format, type of service or time of day is specified, although many scholars feel that in New Testament times it was probably often celebrated fairly informally after a meal.

bread and wine
Why celebrate the
'Lord's Supper'?

Instructions given to the church at Corinth give a helpful insight:

Obedience

Obey The Lord instructed believers to break bread together to remember Him.

Remembrance

Symbols The bread and wine are potent symbols to stimulate worship and thanksgiving.
(1 Cor 11 v 23-25)
The bread remind us of the Lord's body given for us
The wine reminds us of His blood, shed for us.

Communion

Unity Sharing in the bread and wine reminds us of our unity as believers in the Lord.
(1 Cor 10. 14-17)

Proclamation

Witness In celebrating the Lord's supper we proclaim the centrality and significance to us of the Lord's death as an act of witness
(1 Cor 11. 26)

Confession

Prepare We are to examine ourselves before the Lord before we take the bread and wine, confessing any unresolved sin in our lives.
(1 Cor 11. 27-29)

Expectation

Until He comes . .  We celebrate the Lord's supper until He comes again, reminding us of our future hope in Him.
(1 Cor 11. 26)

To read:

"A STUDENT'S DILEMMA"
or 'Passover by Email'

by James Coates

"A Student's Dilemma" tells the story of a shocking discovery made by a Jewish university student in his days as a fresher. He explores the link between the way Christians break bread together and the passover meal of his own faith.

"A Student's Dilemma" is a fictional presentation.

link to: Going to Heaven

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