Summary: Communion is more than a religious tradition. It is a gateway into the presence of God. It holds the promise of cleansing, healing, intimacy and fellowship.
The Ordinance of Holy Communion
Intro.: Why do we celebrate communion? Is it just to remember the Lord?
Does this ancient tradition have any real significance in today’s church?
First shadow of communion: Gen. 14:18, And Melchizedek king of Salem
brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Jesus’ heart toward the communion celebration: Luke 22:15, And he said to
them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
NOTE: Jesus eagerly desired to celebrate this Passover with His disciples because He knew this was a gift that He was giving to His church
I. What are the implications of communion to us today?
A. Communion = Koinonia (Christian fellowship) lit. social intercourse
I Cor. 10:16, The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
I Cor. 1:9, God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
B. We are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice and so much more…
Exodus 25:30, Put the bread of Presence on this table to be before me at all times
1. In communion, we can step into that place of intimacy with the Lord
a. Jesus is saying here that He was never given the opportunity to experience spiritual intimacy with these people
NOTE: Many believers and many churches are dead today because they choose not to enter into the true depth of intimacy (koinonia, communion) that God intends for them to experience. Unless we enter into this place of intimacy with Jesus, we have no life (zoe). We must enter into an intimate relationship with Jesus and receive Him as the Bread of Life. John 6:35, “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst”
READ: John 6:48-58.
II. What are the requirements to participate in communion?
Exodus 12:43-45, “And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.”
A. No stranger of foreigner may take communion
1. No one who is a stranger or foreigner to God
B. No one who is uncircumcised may take communion
1. Not circumcision of the flesh but those who are uncircumcised in heart
2. The table of the Lord is for the believer
C. What if there is sin in your life?
I Cor. 11:27, “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”
1. Unworthily = irreverently
a. This really has little to do with your spiritual state
b. It has to do with your attitude toward the communion event
c. The table of the Lord is a place of purging – I Cor. 5:7
1. This is a good thing, we can come dirty and leave cleansed
Psalm 105:37, “Then He brought them out with silver and gold,