The Lord’s Supper is an act of worship taking the form of a ceremonial meal. This article looks at the institution of the Lord's Supper, the issue of Christ's presence, and the meaning of holy communion for the believer.
The Lord's Supper not only points believers to Christ, it also points to the claim Christ has on the believer. Working from 1 Corinthians 11:24, this article shows how Holy Communion is both evangelical and evangelistic.
Working from 1 Corinthians 11:26, this article shows that the Lord's Supper is a means of God's grace. By participating in Holy Communion, believers confess their faith in Christ, commune with Christ, and receive grace from Christ.
The prayer, breaking of bread, pouring of wine, and eating and drinking of the Lord's Supper all point the believer to Christ. Holy Communion works as a seal, pointing the believer to the truth of Christ's work of salvation.
1 Corinthians 10:16 reveals that the heart of the Lord's Supper is communion with Christ as a result of His redemptive work. Understanding Holy Communion in this way has implications for those partaking in it. The Lord's Supper must be viewed as a seal of the covenant of grace.
The Lord's Supper should be celebrated with joy, since in it we experience the presence of Christ, a reminder of the coming feast of the Lamb, and the fellowship of believers. It must be a festive meal, and should have a special place in the liturgy. This article also looks at the celebration of the Holy Communion in the early church and at the time of the Reformation.