Bible study: Steps to the Last Supper

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Scripture: Luke 22: 14-22
Bishop Pendleton teaches on the preparation process for taking communion. It starts with the sincerity of your heart.

-Before you take communion be sure that you have no -isms or -schisms with your brother or sister. Examine yourself, because we are all one bread and one body, and all partakers of the body of Christ. Therefore there should be no divisions among us.
-Don’t be afraid to take communion. If you are then you ought to be concerned about your lifestyle and your commitment to God. Maybe you need to confess or speak to a minister.
-Christ sacrificed His body and blood for you. Do you really understand what He went through? He saw you and me, and was willing to suffer so we would be saved. You owe God your life and your all.
-The Last Supper is a lesson in giving thanks over your food. Before Jesus broke the bread He blessed it. We should do the same at every meal.

Heart questions to ask yourself:
What’s distracting me from focusing on fellowship with the saints at the Lord’s table?
Are there sins that I need to confess?
Are there areas in my walk where I am just going through the (e)motions?
What’s my spiritual temperature? Is God pleased?

Q: What is the Lord’s Supper?
A: The Lord’s Supper is the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples. We partake in it in obedient remembrance of Him. It represents our relationship with Him based on His sacrifice at Calvary. His body was broken for you and His blood — shed for you. It signifies the new covenant.
Q: What does the Bible say about taking communion lightly?
A: The Bible says that we have to decide for ourselves whether to partake in this sacred event. However, 1 Corinthians 11: 27-32 is clear that anyone who eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily shall be “guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” and drinks “damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’ s body.” For this cause, the Apostle Paul tells the crowd in Corinth that many are weak and sickly, even unto death.

Q: I’m not saved should I take communion?
A: Bishop believes that if you are seeking the Lord for the Holy Ghost then you are not necessarily exempt from taking communion at Grace. However, this panting after God should be visible in your lifestyle and the fruit you bear. If you are sincere about living for God then you should consider partaking in the Lord’s Supper. However, if you are not it could be dangerous for the reasons stated above.


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