As Jesus asked us to, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper regularly in our worship services, remembering the great price that Jesus paid for each of us on Calvary, recalling His sacrifice, and anticipating His return.
PARTICIPATION – the first prerequisite for participation is Salvation. Taking the Lord’s Supper is not just an act or an event. It is personal obedience to the command of Jesus Christ to His believers. Are you a Believer in Jesus Christ? If so, we invite you to participate in this celebration with us. If not, we invite you to speak with one of our staff members or church leaders about putting your faith in Jesus Christ.
PREPARATION – one of the most important parts of observing the Lord’s Supper and is a requirement that is set forth in 1 Corinthians. The Apostle Paul writes…Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. (Read 1 Corinthians 11:27-31 )
EXAMINE YOUR THOUGHTS – fully confess and forsake whatever sins God brings to mind – unclean or lustful thoughts; dwelling on worldly rather than spiritual things; angry thoughts, bitterness or unforgiveness. (Read Proverbs 23:7a)
EXAMINE YOUR ATTITUDES – fully confess and forsake whatever sins God brings to mind – harsh or critical attitudes; proud or condescending attitudes towards others; jealous of others. (Read Philippians 2:5)
EXAMINE YOUR SPEECH – fully confess and forsake whatever sins God brings to mind – speaking inappropriate slang talk; cursing or telling off-color jokes; exaggerating or telling lies; pattern of complaining or griping; critical or judgmental of others. (Read Ephesians 4:29; Ephesians 5:4 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
EXAMINE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS – fully confess and forsake whatever sins God brings to mind – offending someone without asking forgiveness; harboring unforgiveness or anger toward anyone; speaking negatively about others; gossip; poor relationships with family members. (Read Matthew 5:23-24; Matthew 6:14-15)
EXAMINE YOUR SINS OF COMMISSION – fully confess and forsake whatever sins God brings to mind – sexual immorality; viewing unclean things on TV, the internet or movies; idolatry by placing anyone or anything over loving and serving the Lord; habits that abuse or harm the body; gambling; new ageism; being harsh or unkind to others; anything that does not allow perfect peace. (Read Psalm 51)
EXAMINE YOUR SINS OF OMISSION – fully confess and forsake whatever sins God brings to mind – failing to abide in Christ by neglecting regular time in God’s Word and prayer, neglecting to be a witness for Christ; failure to discern and regularly use the spiritual gifts God has given you; failure to support and respect your spiritual leaders; failing to daily pursue holiness; robbing God of acceptable financial offerings; neglecting your family. (Read James 4:17)
EMBRACING FULL SURRENDER TO JESUS – a prayer of obedience: Lord, I fully surrender every part of my life to Your control. I will seek to obey You in everything You tell me to do and will seek to stop doing everything You tell me to stop doing. I will serve You in any way You ask me to serve. I will turn from the sins You have already clearly shown me. I claim James 4:8 . . . Draw near to God, and He will draw near to You. Amen. (Read Matthew 16:24)