How Should Holy Communion Be Conducted?
Since the Lord commands us to partake of the Holy Communion according to His example, we use the same elements that He used: unleavened bread and drink made from the fruit of the vine.
The Passover meal did not contain any leaven (Lev 23:4-9); therefore, the bread should not contain any yeast, nor should the drink undergo any fermentation. Thus, unleavened bread and grape juice are used in Holy Communion. Regardless of the size of the congregation, there is only one bread and one cup to signify the unity of the members (1 Cor 10:17).
In the same manner as our Lord, we give thanks to God for Christ's sacrifice and salvation. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the minister offers a consecrating prayer. We can then break the one loaf of unleavened bread and give it to the congregation. Then the grape juice is consecrated through prayer and offered to the congregation.
For the Holy Communion, the participants should be gathered together in one place. These instructions are from God's commands to the Israelites concerning Passover, a festival remembering the salvation of God through the blood of the Lamb (Ex 12:10, 46).
Only those who are baptized may receive the Holy Communion, for it is a spiritual fellowship between the Lord and His church. If someone has not been baptized in accordance with the Bible, he should not participate in the sacrament because his sins have not been washed away, and he does not yet belong to Christ.
It is important to take the Holy Communion seriously and solemnly--knowing that we are partaking of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. When the Jews observed the Passover, they had to remove all leaven from their houses. In the same manner, we should repent of our sins when we partake of the Holy Communion to discern the Lord's body (1 Cor 11:27-29). Before the Communion, we need to examine ourselves, remove our grudges against anyone, ask the Lord to forgive our sins, and determine to live by Christ's perfect example.
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