foundation truthlesson 7 - The lord's table
This lesson shows us how the Lord’s Table is related to local church life. The more you understand the table of the Lord, the more benefit you will receive from it. Matthew 26:26-29
WHAT ARE SOME TITLES OF THIS ORDINANCE?
- The Lord’s Supper. I Corinthians 11:20
- The Lord’s Table. I Corinthians 10:21
- The Communion. I Corinthians 10:16
- Other titles include “the Eucharist” and “the Sacrament.”
WHO INSTITUTED THE COMMUNION?
- Jesus instituted this service at the Feast of Passover. Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:15-20
- Jesus also gave distinctive revelation to Paul concerning this ordinance. I Corinthians 11:23
WHAT ARE THE SYMBOLS USED IN THE COMMUNION?
- Table. I Corinthians 10:21; Luke 22:30
- Bread. I Corinthians 10:16; Luke 22:19
- Wine (the fruit of the vine). I Corinthians 10:16; Luke 22:17-20
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SYMBOLS?
- The table is a place of love and fellowship. Leviticus 24:5-9; Psalm 23:5; Revelation 3:20
- (1) Represents His broken body. Matthew 26:26
- (2) Represents the Church, the body of Christ. I Corinthians 10:16-17
- Wine: Represents His blood, which was significant of the New Covenant. Matthew 26:28; I Corinthians 11:25
WHAT ARE SOME OLD TESTAMENT TYPES OF THE COMMUNION?
- Abraham received communion. Genesis 14:18
- The body and blood of the Passover Lamb pointed to the table of the Lord. Exodus 12; Mark 14:12
- The table of showbread in the tabernacle of Moses. Leviticus 24:5-9; Numbers 28:7; Exodus 25:23-30
HOW SHOULD WE APPROACH THE LORD’S TABLE?
Examining and Eating
- Come to the table with a desire to participate. Luke 22:14-15
- Come in faith, believing. Hebrews 11:6; Romans 14:23
- Come remembering (memorial). I Corinthians 11:24-25
- Come with thanksgiving. Luke 22:17
- Come as the Body of Christ. I Corinthians 10:17
- Come to the table together. I Corinthians 11:33
- “The bread which we break.”
- “The cup which we bless.” I Corinthians 10:16
- Jesus our great High Priest instituted the Table, and we as priests share together.
- Communion is an act of sharing, and it is scriptural for believers to break bread and drink the cup with each other. Acts 2:46-47 (See Amplified).
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO RECEIVE?
- Those coming in a worthy manner: Blessings
- Healing and health. Matthew 15:25-26
- Life. John 6:54-57
- Those coming in an unworthy manner: Judgment
- Guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. I Corinthians 11:27
- Eating and drinking judgment. I Corinthians 11:29
- Weakness, sickness, and death. I Corinthians 11:30
Every child of God has been invited to come and share in the Lord’s Table.
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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton
Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry.
He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.