Lord's Supper
1) The apostle paul exhorted the church to "keep the
ordinances." 1 Corinthians 11:2

a) New testament ordinances are special observances having three distinct features.
 
i) They were commanded to be observed by Jesus Christ, the head of the church.

II) Jesus Christ himself partook of the ordinances as an example unto us.

iii) They are literal ceremonies having deep spiritual significance. 

b) Partaking of these ordinances does not save the soul but if a man is really saved he will desire to obey Christ and partake of these things. John 14:15

2) The Lord's Supper is a New Testament ordinance.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

a) It is called the Lord's SUpper because Christ institued it. 
1 Chorinthians11:20

b) It has also been referred to as the "communion" because of the common communication of fellowship the breatren enjoy while partaking fo this together.
1 Corinthians 10: 16-17

3) What is the scriptual purpose and design of this ordinance?

a) It is not a regular meal or feast. 1 Corinthians 11:20-22

b) Christ said, "Do this in remembrance of me." Therefore the Lord's Supper is a memorial whereby we remember the sacrifical suffering and death that Christ experienced for us at Calvary. 1 Corinthians 11:26

c) The bread symbolizes the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which sufford for us. Isaiah 53:4,5 

d) The wine or unfermented fruit of the vine symbolizes the precious blood of Christ shed in atonment of sin.
I Peter 1:18, 19

e) In partaking of this ordinance together we appreciate our unity in the body of Christ-the church.

4) Who is qualified to partake of this ordinance?

a) One must be saved from sin, born again, in true fellowship with God and the children of God.
1 Corinthians 11:27-29

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