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Lesson 50. What does God teach us about receiving Holy Communion?. How does God want me to prepare to receive the Lord’s Supper?. 1 Corinthians 11:28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. I prepare by examining myself.

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Lesson 50


What does God teach us about receiving Holy Communion?


How does God want me to prepare to receive the Lords Supper?

1 Corinthians 11:28

A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.

I prepare by examining myself


How does God want me to prepare to receive the Lords Supper?

1 John 1:8-9

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Am I sorry for my sins?


How does God want me to prepare to receive the Lords Supper?

Luke 22:19-20

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Do I believe in the real presence?


How does God want me to prepare to receive the Lords Supper?

Luke 22:19-20

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Do I believe that I receive the forgiveness of sins?


How does God want me to prepare to receive the Lords Supper?

1 Corinthians 11:27,29

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.

To avoid eating and drinking it in an unworthy manner


Key Point #1

God wants me to examine myself to make sure that I am prepared to receive Holy Communion properly.


Agree or Disagree?

If I do not prepare before the service to partake of the Lords Supper, I will be unworthy to receive it.


Write a brief prayer, asking God to help you be ready to receive the Lords Supper.


Whats wrong here?

Faith makes us worthy guests at the Lords Supper because faith is the only thing we can offer to God that can earn his love.


Agree or Disagree?

Anyone who partakes of the Lords Supper unworthily will be damned. Give a reason for your answer.


Therefore, to whom does God want us to give the Lords Supper?

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes.

Communion should be given only to

repentant believers who have been instructed


Therefore, to whom does God want us to give the Lords Supper?

1 Corinthians 10:17

Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

Communion should be given only to

repentant believers who are united in faith with us


Key Point #2

God wants us to give the Lords Supper only to repentant believers who have been thoroughly educated in the Christian faith and who are one in faith with us.


Agree or Disagree?

We should be able to attend the Lords Supper in any Lutheran church.


Mike says, I dont see why we have to go to two years of catechism instruction before we are confirmed. How would you use this lesson to give him at least one good answer why this is necessary? What are some other reasons?


Whats wrong here?

When we deny the Lords Supper to someone who is not a member, we are being proud and loveless.


Why does Jesus invite us to receive the Lords Supper often?

1 Corinthians 11:26

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes.

Jesus invites us to come often


Why does Jesus invite us to receive the Lords Supper often?

Matthew 26:28

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus invites us to come often

for forgiveness of sins


Why does Jesus invite us to receive the Lords Supper often?

Colossians 2:6-7

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Jesus invites us to come often

to strengthen faith in him


Why does Jesus invite us to receive the Lords Supper often?

2 Corinthians 5:15

And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Jesus invites us to come often

to help us live a life of thanks to him


Why does Jesus invite us to receive the Lords Supper often?

Hebrews 10:25

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one anotherand all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Jesus invites us to come often

to encourage one another in faith


Key Point #3

Jesus invites us to receive the Lords Supper often so that he can keep on comforting us with the forgiveness of sins and keep on strengthening us in our faith.


Martin Luther wrote in his Large Catechism that if you do not feel that you need to go to the Lords Supper often, Pinch yourself and see if you are still flesh and bloodIn the second place, look around to see if you are still in the world. Or, if you do not know whether you are, ask your neighbor. Why do you think he suggested such things?


Agree or Disagree?

It would be better for a congregation to offer the Lords Supper every Sunday than to offer it every other Sunday.


Agree or Disagree?

After the confirmation ceremony, you should receive the Lords Supper at least four times a year.


Where in the service do we confess the following: a) our sinfulness? b) our faith in Jesus? c) our belief in Jesus real presence?


Evaluate

Mr. Smith felt he was carrying a grudge against another person, so for ten years he did not come to the Lords Supper.


Steve says, I hope someday we can receive the Lords Supper with Christians in other churches. How would you respond?


Lesson 50

God teaches us to receive Holy Communion in faith so that it is not a judgment but a blessing for us.


Vocabulary

Fellowship

unity in doctrine between Christians


Vocabulary

Close(d) Communion

biblical teaching that only Christians who are in complete agreement may commune together


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