THE HOPEDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST

EACH ONE REACH ONE...MATTHEW 28:18-20

The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper
 
1.   Its Purpose:
     The Lord's Supper is a memorial - Jesus said "Do this in remembrance of Me." (Luke 22:19)  The Lord's Supper is also a communion - not a communion with one another but with Christ.  (I Corinthians 10:16)  The Lord's Supper also builds us up in Christ.  The more we reverently think of His death for us, the more we are determined to live for Him.
 
2.  Who Can Partake: 
     Compare I Corinthians 11:23 and I Corinthians 1:1-2.  We here learn that Paul says all who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christ gave it to His followers and has never taken it from them.  It is the Lord's Table and is spread for His people, and no man, or company of men can rightfully deprive one of God's children from partaking.  Closed communion is not Scriptural.
 
3.  How Often We Are to Partake: 
     From Acts 2:42 we learn  that the Lord's Supper had a  prominent  part in the worship  of  the  early  disciples.   By  comparing  Acts 20:7  and  I Corinthians 16:1-2, we discover that when the disciples met, it was to partake of the Lord's Supper, and it was their custom to meet every Lord's Day.  For the first seven hundred years the ordinance was observed weekly.  John Calvin said "the change was a contrivance of the devil."  John Wesley advised his people to spread the Table each week.