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.
Why celebrate the
Instructions given to the church at Corinth give a helpful insight:
Obey The Lord instructed believers to break bread together to remember Him.
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.
Sharing in the bread and wine reminds us of our
unity as believers in the Lord.
(1 Cor 10. 14-17)
In celebrating the Lord's supper we proclaim the centrality
and significance to us of the Lord's death as an act of
(1 Cor 11. 26)
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)
"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.
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