Sunday Recap: When NOT to eat the Lord’s Supper

During our Lord’s Supper service yesterday we asked,  “What happens when we eat the Lord’s Supper?”. I don’t believe the bread and grape juice “transubstantiate” into the literal body and blood of Jesus. We understand the bread and grape juice to be reminders of the body and blood and the supper to be a simple memorial of Jesus death.

That doesn’t mean the service is just a shallow ritual. God is watching and we are remembering the greatest sacrifice ever offered – one that is more precious than life to us.  We shouldn’t be “un-engaged” intellectually, spiritually, or emotionally during the communion service.

In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul warned about those who eat and drink in an unworthy manner: “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:27).  He says we should examine ourselves as we eat.  The lesson I believe is we should make sure our heart is right with God.

So we asked,  if we know our heart is not right, should we even participate in the Lord’s Supper? The best thing to do,  of course would be use the time as an opportunity to change our mind and get our heart right with God.

But what if we know we are not sincere and serious about obeying
God, what if we know we are persisting in disobedience (perhaps regarding some behavior or relationship)?  In such a case does 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 teach that it is best to NOT eat the Lord’s Supper?  What do you think?

Does Anything Happen When We Eat The Lord’s Supper?



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2 Responses to Sunday Recap: When NOT to eat the Lord’s Supper

  1. Mary K

    I think back to the last supper where 2 people were vying to be #1 in the kingdom, one guy couldn’t wait to get out of there to collect his silver and another was so sure of himself that he refused to be humbled even when Jesus Himself told him outright that he would be the one to publicly deny knowing Him. Who knows what the other 8 were thinking. Never the less, it seems to me that they were better off for being there and perhaps this encounter helped strengthen them to prevail over what was to come, even if they didn’t understand it at the time. This may be true today as we participate in the Lord’s supper and may be one reason it’s instituted. There is no question that each of us is accountable for being serious about this event and if we are truly remembering Christ’s sacrifice it will compel us to treat each other well (this was not happening in Corinth). If we are not serious about remembering Christ’s sacrifice, and consequently loving each other, all the bread and wine in the world will not draw us closer to God.

    • Jimmy

      Thanks Mary K. I’ve thought about that verse for a long time and, not sure if that’s what you were trying to say but, if I’m way off I need someone to point it out to me.

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