Confirmation Class Lesson 17: The Christian and the Lord’s Supper.
Matthew 26:17-28 When it was instituted by Jesus: 1.The night he was betrayed, during the Passover (the “Last Supper” on “Maundy Thursday”) 2. The visible elements: unleavened bread and wine.
I Corinthians 10:16 I Corinthians 11:27 3. Together with these visible elements Jesus gives us his body and blood. These elements are “in communion” with each other.
Lutherans, Catholics, Baptists Real Presence Transubstantiation Representation Bread and wine This is denied Bread and wine Body and Blood Body and Blood This is denied The Bible teaches the “Real Presence” of Jesus’ body and blood in the Sacrament
Why did Jesus give the Lord’s Supper? I Corinthians 11:25 1. So that we would remember his death and its meaning for us Matthew 26:28 2. To assure us of his covenant (promise) of forgiveness for us personally.
For whom is the Lord’s Supper? Matthew 26:26 I Corinthians 11:24 I Corinthians 11:28 1. For repentant disciples who are able to: remember the Lord’s death, able to examine themselves, and united in Christian faith.
The following should not receive the Lord’s Supper who… Matthew 26:26 I Corinthians11:23a I Corinthians 11:28 I Corinthians 10:17 • Are not Christians (disciples) • Haven’t been instructed to know what it is • Are unable to examine themselves • Are not united in faith or who knowingly reject part of the Bible
Close Communion Communion together of those who share a common faith. • Vertical: With Jesus • Horizontal: With one another Close Communion
Confirmation A church ceremony in which an individual publicly confesses faith in Jesus and unity in faith with a Christian congregation
To Partake • Our Confession of faith in confirmation indicates that we are ready for the Lord’s Supper
Answers to Other questions • Possibly, but Jesus used wine and unleavened bread; why change? • No • Jesus needed to be sacrificed only once. This is God’s work for us; not our work for him • Jesus said, “Take eat!” He didn’t say “worship”
Answers to other questions • Any Christian may do this when asked to (called) by fellow Christians. (Roles of Men and Women in the church apply). • Regularly and frequently • This is a good time for prayer and quiet meditation as well as singing hymns • Private communion is available
Answers to other questions • Since the Lord’s Supper is for repentant sinners, I should first try to get things settled. • Yes, because God strengthens weak faith in the Lord’s Supper.
Group Quiz • Word Study • True-False • Paragraph Completion
TEST Lessons 12-17 VIP 1-10 (Write out 5 of 10: Your choice) VIC 1-15