The Lord’s Supper is one of two ordinances of the Church of Jesus Christ where the elements are bread and the fruit of the vine. The bread is symbolic of the body of Jesus Christ for the salvation of men. The wine is symbolic of Christ’s shed blood for the releasing of sins. Those who are allowed to participate in the ordinance are the ones who have been baptized upon the profession of their faith who are striving to live obediently according to the Word of God.
The Lord’s Supper is known as the Lord’s Table, and was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The Lord’s Supper is a time for each believer to affectionately call to remembrance the awesome sacrifice for lost mankind.
Like Baptism, we hold firmly that The Lord’s Supper does not confer grace upon the participant. The Lord’s Supper is is a symbolic ordinance we are called to observe in remembrance of Christ’s death, 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 (ESV) states:
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. ”In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
We also hold that the Lord does not stipulate the frequency of our participation in The Lord’s Supper, 1 Corinthians 11:26 says, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” The Lord’s Supper points back at Jesus Christ’s death; it also looks at the present implications of His death; points to His return seen also in 1 Corinthians 11:26.
Finally, we resolutely reject the claims:
- That in The Lord’s Supper there is a repetition of the sacrifice of Jesus for the sins of the world.
- The the bread and the fruit of the vine are the actual body of Jesus Christ.
Participation in the Lord’s Supper is an act of one’s dedication and consecration. Every believer, according to 1 Corinthians 11:28, is to “examine” his or her motives before before partaking of the Lord’s Supper. We are to reverently partake of the Lord’s Supper, and realize that it is an awesome privilege to affectionately remember the great price that was paid in order for us to have salvation.
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor James Moore, Jr.