The following information will be helpful to you for participating in The Lord’s Supper at New Hope.
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by our Lord Jesus on the night before His crucifixion as a symbolic representation of the believer’s participation in the benefits of His death, burial, and resurrection.
(Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-23, I Corinthians 11:23-26)
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus, for His church, until He comes in order that we might be properly reminded of His death and return (I Corinthians 11:26).
This is THE LORD’S Supper. We have no right to either invite or forbid people to participate, except as He has made the church the administrator or custodian of this important ordinance. Therefore, we at New Hope seek to observe the Lord’s supper in response to His command.
In our Lord’s Great commission (Matthew 28:19-20), He instructed the church to:
1). Go and make disciples
2). Baptize them and
3). Teach them to observe His commands, which includes the partaking of the Lord’s Supper.
On that basis, we believe those who partake of the Lord’s Supper should be born-again, baptized believers in Jesus Christ.
The ordinance may be summed up in the command of Christ, “This do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:10) It is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, remember the death of our Lord Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming. The Lord’s Supper does not wash away sins. Only accepting Christ as our Savior enables us to experience that wonderful reality.
Jesus died and was raised from the dead. He is coming again one day. The Lord’s Supper points to both of these glorious events. Share in the Lord’s Supper with great reverence, gratitude, devotion, and worship.
1. SERVE ONE ANOTHER: Those administering the elements (the bread or the cup) will serve the first person on each row. After being served, that person should hold the tray for the next person as they receive the elements from the tray.
2. HOLDING THE ELEMENTS: Upon receiving the bread or the cup, hold it reverently in your hand and meditate on its symbolic meaning, while others are being served. After everyone is served, the pastor will then lead everyone to partake of the element together. (Note: The empty cup can be placed in the cup holder underneath the seat in front of you.)
3. PREPARATION/OBSERVANCE: All who participate in the Lord’s Supper should prepare for this observance by searching their hearts for any sin that may be present in
their lives. There should be a time of soul-searching, confession, and prayer before partaking of the Lord’s Supper (I Cor. 11:27-32, Ps. 139:23-24). While partaking of the supper, this attitude should continue along with an attitude of thanksgiving and praise for what the supper symbolizes.
4. HELP THE CHILDREN: You should have your children sit with you during the service and talk in advance with them concerning the observance of the supper. Explain that this is not “refreshment time” but that each of these elements have a spiritual meaning to all who have been saved and baptized as believers in Jesus Christ. You should explain to them beforehand that they should not partake of the supper until they have been saved and baptized into the Body of Christ. Then, show them by example that the Lord’s Supper has a very special meaning to you by the way in which you participate in it before them.
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