Worship Prep – Lord’s Supper

20 03 2008

Grace Church will be observing the Lord’s Supper this Easter Sunday morning. We encourage you to prepare your soul for this Christ-exalting ordinance.

Here’s what Grace’s Member Affirmation of Faith has to say about the ordinances:

XIII. THE ORDINANCES

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to His churches: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism occurs by immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as a sign of a person’s fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ and of remission of sins. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is in no sense a sacrifice, but was instituted by Christ to commemorate His death, to stimulate faithful obedience to all Christ’s commands, and to be a pledge and renewal of their communion with Him and with one another. We believe that these two ordinances should be administered and observed until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-31; 12:13

Here’s what Grace’s Elder Affirmation of Faith has to say about the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper:

12. Christ’s Church and Her Ordinances

12.4 We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the Lord  in which gathered believers  eat bread, signifying Christ’s body given for His people, and drink the cup of the Lord, signifying the New Covenant in Christ’s blood.  We do this in remembrance of the Lord, and thus proclaim His death until He comes. Those who eat and drink in a worthy manner partake of Christ’s body and blood, not physically, but spiritually, in that, by faith, they are nourished with the benefits He obtained through His death, and thus grow in grace.

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One response

20 03 2008
Shea

When you say “Those who eat and drink in a worthy manner” what exactly constitutes a worthy manner. I’ve always wondered what that meant. I have an idea, but would love to hear a clarification from you guys. Are you just restating the fact that only believers should partake in the Lord’s Supper, or are you saying that these believers who partake should be a certain way?

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