Self-Examination and the Lord’s Supper

In just a couple of days at our Good Friday service, our church will be remembering the death of Christ once again by eating and drinking together in the Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is a time for Christians to remember the death of our Lord in a unique way as one family purchased by his blood.  It’s a time for local Christian churches to re-calibrate themselves around the reality that through Jesus’ substitutionary death, he secured the forgiveness of sins and right standing with God for us.

In preparing to observe this ordinance, I often reflect upon the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11, where he warns a young, sin-tolerant, and immature church against eating and drinking the Lord’s Supper in an “unworthy manner.”  There he writes:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you.

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A Big Problem in the Church

By God’s grace, I grew up in a Christian home where both my parents were strong, godly people, who love God, love His Word, and love His church. They were committed to daily reading of the Bible, daily prayer, daily confession of sin, daily applying the truths of God’s precious Word in every aspect of life, and daily applying the Word to their children’s lives. Furthermore, they knew, from Scripture, that the church was a place of worship and fellowship and therefore committed themselves to the building up of the body in anyway God would have them. This meant 25+ years as volunteer youth leaders, a few years of college ministry, my dad serving as an elder for a number of years, and now leading a Baby Holding Dad’s Finger on BibleBible study for older saints.… Continue reading