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Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by OCC, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. Bro. James Reed

    Bro. James Reed New Member

    Sep 18, 2002
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    Maybe I should have specified that we do it only twice yearly because it is an all day thing.

    We have singing, prayer, thanksgiving, and some scripture reading about the Supper. We then take the bread and the wine.

    After that part is done, we then gather with the men on one side and the women on the other side of the room and we wash each others' feet.

    With us, it truly is a special occasion that we can look forward to every 6 months.
  2. Kiffen

    Kiffen Member

    Nov 13, 2004
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    I think it should be every week. The Lord's Supper only becomes a routine if our hearts make it a routine. The Lord's Supper I see as rededication ordinance. My Church has it quarterly but I think we are about to switch to monthly in September.
  3. untangled

    untangled New Member

    Jun 28, 2002
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    I'd like to have it biweekly or monthly myself.

    I even thought about having it weekly at our Wednesday service for those that wanted to take it. The IB church I pastor used to be DOC (long story) and some of them miss communion. They have not had it in a very long time.

    At the church I used to attend we had it monthly on the 1st Sunday.
  4. elijah_lives

    elijah_lives New Member

    Aug 12, 2005
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    I agree with King James -- it would be nice to have it daily, as a daily renewal of remembrance of our Lord's immense sacrifice for our salvation. Of course, only if one is in the right frame of mind.

  5. I found this on line

    What Is Communion?
    Communion, often called "The Lord's Supper," is a memorial in which Christians identify with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:20). It's a time for believers to remember the Lord's broken body and His shed blood for all people (Luke 22:19–20).

    Institution of Communion
    Jesus Christ instituted Communion on the eve of His death when He ate the Passover meal with His disciples (Matthew 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:14–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25).

    Meaning and Symbolism of Communion
    Bread and wine were once served for the Lord's Supper. Today, many churches, including ours, use crackers and grape juice. The bread symbolizes Christ's body, which was beaten and broken for us as He died for the sins of humanity. The cup of wine symbolizes His blood, which was shed for us as He paid for our sins (John 10:17–18; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:8–9).

    Essentials for Observing Communion
    Anyone who participates in the Lord's Supper must first be a believer. Jesus commanded His disciples to observe Communion (Matthew 26:26); therefore, a person must have placed his or her faith in Jesus Christ for salvation before taking part in Communion.

    In addition to being believers, we must prepare our hearts to participate in the Lord's Supper. Paul instructed believers not to "eat this bread or drink this cup in an unworthy manner . . . " (1 Corinthians 11:27).

    Last, we must examine our lives for any unconfessed sin. Paul reminds us, "Let a man examine himself" (1 Corinthians 11:28) to avoid bringing judgment upon ourselves. As we become right with God through confessing our sins (1 John 1:9), we may then participate in the Lord's Supper in a worthy manner.

    Past Significance of Communion
    Communion is a time to look back, remembering the Lord's death on the cross. His death was more than just an atoning death—it was a substitutional death. Christ died in our place so that we might live. He took our sins upon Himself so that we could receive His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).

    Present Significance of Communion
    Communion is a time to look within, considering our lives in light of our profession of faith. As we enter into Communion, we are to thank Him for our salvation and the privilege of being His child.

    Future Significance of Communion
    Communion is a time to look ahead toward the second coming of Jesus Christ. Paul said we're to "proclaim the Lord's death until He comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26). The Lord's Supper foreshadows the great marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19).

    Today, we stand between the two most important events in human history: the first and the second coming of Jesus Christ. When we observe The Lord's Supper as Christians, we become connected to both.

    PS from RightFromWrong,

    I believe that scripture says, WHENEVER you do THIS, do this in rememberance of me. So when and how often is up to each individual church.

    I also had a Pastor ( in a Conservative Baptist Church ) who stressed the importance of making things right not only with God but if we had ought with another brother that we needed to make that right first before we took communion. There have been several times I did not take communion because of these reasons. Only when I made things right as far as it depended on me, did I feel I could take communion. Most churches do not preach this. I am glad this pastor did and I learned it early on.
  6. Gregory Perry Sr.

    Gregory Perry Sr. Active Member

    Dec 9, 2004
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    Our church usually does the Lord's Supper once monthly...but I like the fact that my pastor follows the Lord's leading and sometimes breaks with routines or tradition.Not too long ago he,upon feeling led to do so,did the supper in a Sunday MORNING service(we usually have it on Sunday evening)and made NO prior announcements that he was going to do it then.In conjunction with it he preached a strong message on repentance and the need for making things right with God.I noticed some surprized faces when people came in that morning and saw the table "spread".Usually the sunday evening crowd is much smaller,consisting mainly of the faithful "core" believers in our fellowship.It was an interesting service.

    Greg Sr.