Wow, what a huge subject. The breaking of the bread, the taking of communion, some would say holy communion, or the taking of the elements. Whatever we call it there is a lot to write about, and many differences in practice to sort out. In some structures it is believed that the elements actually become the body of Christ. In others it is a necessity to be a member in order to partake of the elements.
At many of the fellowships I have been a part of there has been one consistent standard; that a person be a believer in Jesus Christ. From there, many variances are available. Some have it once a month while others would save it for special occasions. Still others would take communion as they felt the leading of the Lord. In respect to timing we have this one indication, in 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 it tells us “Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” This simple instruction, when we do take it, remember Him.
My desire is to create an environment, through print and voice, for people to learn about and participate in communion. While many of us have this opportunity on a regular basis at our local fellowships, their are many others who do not. Shut-ins may go very long periods without the opportunity. Their are people in other countries who may have access to internet but experience great difficulty meeting for fellowship. We also have growing numbers of people who have become so disillusioned with the current state of the church that they are choosing to stay home. Of course, my prayer is that if this is you, you will one day find your way back to active fellowship. I am excited to have you join our budding community as we celebrate communion.
I have so many things I am excited to share over the coming days but I will draw this post to a close with these thoughts before we take our first communion together. I would like to make it clear who should be looking to join us in communion. 1. Do you believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord, and do you profess this. If your answer to this is yes than you are who we are looking for. To be clear; it does not matter your age, gender, race, financial status, or denominational affiliation. Do you profess Jesus and want to celebrate Him, then join in.
1 Corinthians 11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread, 24 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.” Father, I thank you that from the foundation of the world You had a plan to restore fellowship with us through the breaking of Your Son’s body on the cross for us. I thank you that for the joy set before Jesus He endured the cross and now we can enjoy right relationship with You. Take the bread.
25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. Lord, I thank you that though our sin was red as scarlet you washed us white as snow. Thank you Jesus, that you died, spilled your blood for the remission of our sin, and created a way for us to be restored. Take the cup.
Lord, I pray that this blog reaches far and wide. Reader, can you help me by sharing this with a friend. As always I invite you to explore www.thecommunionconnection.com and feel free to leave a comment through our contact us form. I look forward to soon sharing my podcast with you as well as growing our community of believers. God bless for now, Josh