The Lord’s Supper

The Lord's Supper

Along with baptism, the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance that Jesus has given to His Church.  The supper is a sign to those partaking and observing the death of Jesus for sinners, of His sustaining work in their lives, and of the wedding feast to come in the heavens and the new earth.

Those who partake in the table participate by eating the bread and drinking the cup.  This bread and cup point to our Savior’s body and blood poured out for us.  Followers of Christ should partake in the Lord’s Supper under the authority of the local church, insofar as they have received Christ’s atoning work by faith and have examined themselves in repentance.

As baptism is the ordinance that Christ has given as a sign connected with entrance into the community of faith, the Lord’s Supper is an ongoing ordinance given to the community of faith.  Thus, it should be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian’s life as a continual reminder of Christ’s atoning work, imminent return, and as a sign of unity in the church.