Children and the Lord's Supper
Topic: Communion Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:23–11:26
1 Corinthians 11:27-31
Requirements for the Lord’s Table:
“The Lord’s Supper does not create spiritual life in a person. The Lord’s Supper nourishes the spiritual life of the believer. Unless that life is already present in the believer, the Lord’s Supper will not profit him spiritually. Unless a person has made a public and credible profession of faith, the church has no biblical warrant to admit him to an ordinance designed to nurture faith.” Guy Waters and Ligon Duncan
The sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper differ, in that Baptism is to be administered but once, with water, to be a sign and seal of our regeneration and ingrafting into Christ1, and that even to infants; whereas the Lord’s Supper is to be administered often, in the elements of bread and wine, to represent and exhibit Christ as spiritual nourishment to the soul, and to confirm our continuance and growth in him, and that only to such as are of years and ability to examine themselves. Westminster Larger Catechism
PCA Membership Vows:
- Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?
- Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
- Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
- Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
- Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?
Parents, use the Lord’s Supper to proclaim the gospel to your children.
Teach your children how to examine their life.
Do not rush your child to become a communing member.
The children of believers are, through the covenant and by right of birth, non-communing members of the church. Hence they are entitled to Baptism, and to the pastoral oversight, instruction and government of the church, with a view to their embracing Christ and thus possessing personally all benefits of the covenant…Those only who have made a profession of faith in Christ, have been baptized, and admitted by the Session to the Lord’s Table, are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the church.
When (believers’ children) are able to understand the Gospel, they should be earnestly reminded that they are members of the Church by birthright, and that it is their duty and privilege personally to accept Christ, to confess Him before men, and to seek admission to the Lord’s Supper.
When (believers’ children) have reached the age of discretion, they become subject to obligations of the covenant: faith, repentance, and obedience.
They then make public confession of their faith in Christ, or become covenant breakers, and subject to the discipline of the Church.
Presbyterian Church in America Book of Church Order
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Communicants Preparation Class: December 8, 15, 22, 29, & Jan. 5 at 9:30
- 9:30 AM
- 4th-8th graders (Parents are welcome to attend)
Parents: How can you discern if your child is ready to come to the Table?
Children. Non communing young people: Do you desire this Supper?