What We Believe about the Lord's Supper
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Fourth sermon in our series entitled, Boot Camp. Tonight, one of the ''sacraments'' of the church, the Lord's Supper. Also known as ''Communion'' or the ''Eucharist.'' The Greek noun eukharistia (e??a??st?a) derives from eu- ''well'' and kharis ''favor, grace.'' It is also the verb form ''to thank.'' in the Septuagint and New Testament.
The Lord's Supper is ''an act of worship taking the form of a ceremonial meal, in which Christ's followers share the bread and the cup in memory of their crucified Lord and in celebration of the new covenant relationship with God through Christ's death.''
Tonight, we will examine the doctrine of the Lord's Supper and its meaning for us today.
The reason for the Lord's Supper
Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25 and Luke 22:18-20 all record Christ's instructions to His disciples regarding the Lord's Supper.
In the Old Testament, God commanded His children to observe the Passover in order to remember the deliverance from Egypt.
Exodus 12:12-14 says, ''For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.''
The Lord's Supper
In the New Testament, Christ is revealed as our Passover Lamb. He is the spotless lamb, slain before the foundation of the world. And if the blood is applied to our lives, God passes over us in judgment. And now, we are instructed to commemorate this final Passover ''as often ...
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