The Lord's Supper

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					   The Lord’s
    Not designed for the
  satisfaction of physical
hunger and thirst, or for the
 physical nourishment of the
            body.               1
  The Lord’s
Designed to meet spiritual,
rather than physical needs.

The Lord’s

The Lord's Supper
    A Memorial Meal

The Lord's Supper
   A Proclamation Meal

The Lord's Supper
    A Covenant Meal

The Lord's Supper
    A Fellowship Meal

The Lord's Supper
     A Unity Meal

               Acts 20:6-7
But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of
Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined them at
Troas, where we stayed seven days. Now on the first
day of the week, when the disciples came together to
break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day,
spoke to them and continued his message until

    1 Corinthians 11:17-21
Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you,
since you come together not for the better but for the
worse. For first of all, when you come together as a
church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and
in part I believe it. ... Therefore when you come
together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord's
Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper
ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is

          J. W. McGarvey
“This verse is an indictment with three
counts. There could be no communion supper
when: 1. The parties did not eat at the same
time, but some before and some after; 2.
when each ate his own meal, instead of
sharing in ‘the one bread’ (ch. 10:17); 3.
when some ate to the full and others ate
nothing at all, because there was nothing

    1 Corinthians 10:16-17
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? For we, though many, are one bread and one
body; for we all partake of that one bread.

            A Unity Meal
When Christians, those who compose “the one
bread and one body,” worthily partake of
the one bread in the Lord’s Supper, they
are reminded that the one Lord and Christ
established but one body, the church, of
which He is the head.
Jesus said, “I will build My church” (Matt.
Paul declared, “There is one body” (Eph.
4:4) and “He is the head of the body, the
church” (Col. 1:18).                       13
           A Unity Meal
The death of Christ, symbolized in the
Lord’s Supper, had as its sublime purpose
the uniting of Jews and Gentiles into one
body, the church.

         Ephesians 2:14-17
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both
one, and has broken down the middle wall of
separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity,
that is, the law of commandments contained in
ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man
from the two, thus making peace, and that He might
reconcile them both to God in one body through the
cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He
came and preached peace to you who were afar off
and to those who were near.
            A Unity Meal
Can any person, who is in favor of human
names, creeds, disciplines, and doctrines
that separate men into different religious
organizations, possibly appreciate the
meaning of the body of Christ given on
Calvary to make men “one” in Him?
Can they possibly appreciate the meaning of
the bread which symbolizes that body?

            A Unity Meal
How can anyone, who is not in favor of the
unity, which that death was intended to make
possible, acceptably proclaim the death of
Christ in partaking of the proper elements?
Denominationalism is the essence of

               A Unity Meal
Also, those who worthily partake of the
Lord’s Supper, recognizing that they
compose the “one bread and one body,” are
incited to strive to fulfill Jesus’ prayer
for the unity of His disciples:
"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who
will believe in Me through their word; that they all may
be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that
they also may be one in Us, that the world may
believe that You sent Me" (John 17:20-21).
              A Unity Meal
They are also incited to strive to obey the
following injunctions:
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing,
and that there be no divisions among you; but that
you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and
in the same judgment (1 Cor. 1:10).

               A Unity Meal
They are also incited to strive to obey the
following injunctions:
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of
Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am
absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast
in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the
faith of the gospel (Phil. 1:27).

            A Unity Meal
The unity meal, the Lord’s Supper, is
without a doubt meaningful to the Christian
who has the sincere desire to be united with
his brethren in Christ and who works to that
end, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the
Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).
And we should never so exalt ourselves as to
measure others by the extent to which we
have grown, and deny them the privilege of
sitting at the Lord’s Table and partaking
of His Supper.                              21
               A Unity Meal
Since He said, through the apostle,
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of
the bread and drink of the cup (1 Cor. 11:28),
you are to examine no one but yourself.
For none of us is fully what he ought to be.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar,
and His word is not in us (1 John 1:10).
              A Unity Meal
If the apostle Paul could say,
Not that I have already attained, or am already
perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that
for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have
apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind and reaching forward to those
things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the
prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil.
who am I to think that I have apprehended?           23
            A Unity Meal
Indeed, when we meaningfully partake of the
one bread, seeing in this symbol the one
body of Christ that was given on the cross
to make possible the one body, the church,
we are declaring the primary, vital essence
of the unity that is to be kept in the bond
of peace.
That vital essence is love.

            A Unity Meal
The unity of the body, the church, of which
we are reminded when we as “one bread and
one body” partake of the one bread, the
symbol of the physical body of Christ, at
the Lord’s Table, cannot be limited to
certain externals of worship and practice
that the brethren agree upon.
Unless we see in this reminder of unity the
vital essence of love, and so truly love one
another, any agreement we have with our
brethren is a hollow mockery, a mere sham. 25
            A Unity Meal
For example, is a married couple truly
united just because the husband and wife are
lawfully joined together in matrimony,
eating at the same table, sleeping in the
same bed, etc., even though they almost
constantly quarrel and bicker, with intense
hatred and bitterness in their hearts for
each other?

           A Unity Meal
What about brethren, supposedly in Christ,
who meet together around the Lord’s Table
the first day of every week, yet who “bite
and devour one another,” who hate rather
than love one another, who have no
association with one another outside the
church building?
Are they truly striving for the unity set
forth in God’s word?
How can they possibly understand and
appreciate the unity that is portrayed in    27
           A Unity Meal
Thus the unity for which they labor and of
which they are reminded in the unity meal,
the Lord’s Supper, is much more than mutual
acceptance of certain religious doctrines
and forms of worship.
It is a unity that binds them together in
loving, patient, compassionate,
understanding, merciful fellowship.

               A Unity Meal
It is a unity that shows no distinction
because of differences in race, nationality,
education, gender, etc., but recognizes that
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave
nor free, there is neither male nor female; for [we] are
all one in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:28).


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