WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
The Lord's Supper
There are many questions concerning the Lord's Supper. Who should eat? Should we eat the bread and drink the cup or only the bread? Should we partake weekly, monthly or yearly?
What Does The Bible Say?
I Corinthians 11:23-29 says... "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body."
Acts 20:7 says... "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow and continued his speech until midnight."
1. The Lord instituted it.
2. The Lord told his disciples to eat the bread and drink the cup.
3. Paul the Apostle repeated the instruction to the church, to eat the bread
and drink the cup.
4. We eat this meal as a memorial to Jesus.
5. The Lord's Supper is an opportunity to confess our faith. "We proclaim His death."
6. We are to examine ourselves and eat this meal humbly and sincerely, never casually or arrogantly (unworthy).
7. In the Old Testament, God commanded, "Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8). God's people did not quibble about which Sabbath. They kept every Sabbath.
The Church, in the Apostles' day, ate the Lord's Supper on the Lord's Day...the first day of the week. Since every week has a first day, we eat the Lord's Supper every Sunday.