Communion serves as a tangible reminder of the fact that Jesus came into the world and gave His life on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for our sin. It seems crazy that we could forget that, but the simple truth is that we do, and so Jesus commanded us to do it as a remembrance of Him. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
What does it help us to remember?
- That Jesus died in our place. The bread represents His body, which was beaten and torn, and the wine represents his blood, which was poured out for us
- That we need the cross to have right standing before God. (John 6:53-57)
- That all believers are unified. (1 Corinthians 10:17)
- That I am joined with Christ in his death, and so I should be putting to death the sin that is in me. (1 Corinthians 11:27-28)
- That one day we will be re-united with Jesus, and we will be able to share in a celebratory meal with Him. (Revelation 19:6-9)
So in light of this, we encourage people at BBC to do a few things before they take communion at one of our services, or in one of our small groups which meet in homes.
Look inside yourself.
Are you a Christian who has accepted Jesus as your Lord? If not, the bible asks you not to take communion.
Do you have unrepentant sin in your life that needs to be confessed?
Look outside yourself.
Do you have un-reconciled relationships? The bible exhorts us to first go and be reconciled before we come to the Lord’s supper.
Look back to what Jesus did for you.
This should stir up hope and grace in your heart. We come as a celebration of the fact that we are redeemed.
Look forward to when we will be with Him.
This should bring a great sense of hope for our futures, and not some morbid desire to just check out of life.
We serve communion on the first Sunday of the month in our morning services, and every Sunday in our evening services.