God has blessed Redeemer Church in countless ways. I could share story after story on how this gathering of believers has experienced God’s grace. However, there is one area in particular that God has blessed us most. This blessing is celebrating communion on a weekly basis with our Savior.
We are Invited to Break Bread with the Savior of the World
The Lord’s Supper is an undeniable means of grace in which we are reminded of Jesus’s redemption of a lost and dying world. Wayne Grudem says of the Lord’s Supper, “is a fellowship with Christ, in his presence and at his table.” How amazing is that! We are invited to break bread with the Savior of the world.
Going to Jesus for Redemption and Repentance
When I personally approach the table on a Sunday morning I’ve noticed several things happening in me. First, I notice the immediate need to examine myself. I am to look and see if I have unconfessed sin. This is a time of repentance. Be very careful that you don’t do examination to the point of excluding yourself unnecessarily from the meal. The temptation during communion will be “I’m not good enough” or “I need to clean myself up before I take communion”. Isn’t the very point of communion a recognition of our sinful beings and going to Jesus for redemption and repentance? If we go into communion thinking we have to be at a certain standard of godliness we are in great trouble of missing the point of the celebration itself. Rather, I am to acknowledge my sin, repent and celebrate freedom from the bondage of sin and death.
Communion is Deeply About Unity and Harmony in the Church
Secondly, I am to examine any unbroken relationships in my life. Communion is about unifying the church body with one loaf of bread and one cup of wine. I would personally ask yourself the question “Have I done everything to mend broken relationships in the church” before I participate in communion. In the book of Corinthians we see that the early church was guilty of participating in communion with disunity. Some people were showing up early and having parties for the rich and “in-crowd”. Later in the day the poor would show up and the supper would be over and they were excluded from this process. This tells us that communion is deeply about unity and harmony in the church. Anything beyond this is unacceptable.
Thanking Jesus for What He Has Done and What He Will Do
Lastly, I am to go to the table thanking Jesus for what he has done for me. He said me as a broken, worthless human being and made me holy. He did this by his body (bread) being broken and his blood (wine) being spilled. We thank him deeply for what he has done and will do in his return.
So, the next time you approach the table I encourage you to do these things. I think you will benefit and Redeemer will benefit greatly from this grace filled ceremony we celebrate every week.
Article by Pastor Nate Garn redeemerhd.com
Photography by Sarah Sotro Torres sarahsotro.com