Preparing for the Supper

September 1, 2019 Speaker: Paul Sanders Series: The Supper

Topic: Communion Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:27–11:32

The Lord’s Supper is Christ’s blessing to us. 

The Lord’s Supper is a unique opportunity for communion with Jesus by faith. 

The Lord’s Supper is a unique opportunity for communion with one another. 

The Lord’s Supper calls us to remember.

 

The Lord’s Supper calls us to prepare our hearts and minds.

 

1 Corinthians 11:27-32

 

Paul’s warning about the Supper (vs. 27, 29-32)

  

Paul’s instruction about the Supper (vs. 28)

 

Paul’s warning about the Supper (vs. 27, 29-32)

 

The sacraments do not automatically convey grace to all who partake of them.

  

The sacraments may actually become means of cursing and judgment for those who do not approach them properly.

 

Matthew 22:11-14

 

How do we prepare well for the Table?

 

Let every man examine himself (vs. 28)

 

Am I discerning the body of Jesus (vs. 29)?

 

Discerning the body relates to our comprehending and embracing Jesus Christ and His sacrifice.

 

Discerning the body relates to our relationship to Jesus and to His church.

 

Proper preparation will lead to a recognition of and repentance from sin.

  

Proper preparation will lead to an appetite for this Supper.

  

Proper preparation increases our view of the Supper.

  

Proper preparation for the Supper gives us the right aim in receiving it.

 

Proper preparation prepares us for suffering.

 

Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  

 

“The fitness or unfitness here spoken of is not that of deserving or undeserving; there is no man on earth who deserves such a blessing and privilege. If God had dealt with us according to our deservings, He never would have appointed us nay means of grace at all. He never would have appointed such a signification and seal of His infinite mercy and grace. There are in this ordinance the exhibition of the dying love of Christ and the offer made of the benefits of it. Now we are all far from being worthy of such an offer.” Jonathan Edwards

 

“We are never for fit tor this holy Table, then when we are most humbled, and more ashamed of ourselves.” John Willison

 

“Those who may freely come to the table are “those who are displeased with themselves because of their sins” but who nevertheless trust that they are pardoned in Christ and yearn for the strength that He provides, by His Spirit, in His Supper.” Heidelberg Catechism

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