Communion (also called “The Lord’s Supper”) is one of the ordinances of the church. It began on the night before Jesus died on the cross when he was celebrating the Passover with his disciples. Passover is an annual Jewish celebration remembering when God delivered the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. During the meal that commemorates the night that the Death passed over them, Jesus picked up the bread, broke it and related it to His body, which would be broken for them and all mankind. Then He picked up a glass of wine, and related it to His blood, which would be poured out for the remission of sin. The Bible records the scene this way,
Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. (Luke 22:15-20 NLT)
As Christians, we partake in Communion to draw close to God, to remember the price Jesus paid for our salvation and celebrate our adoption into his family and intimate relationship with him. It is also a demonstration to the world of Christian devotion and unity in worship and our hope in Christ’s return, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Co 11:26)
At NineSevenZero Church we celebrate Communion as God’s family monthly and at other special times of the year. Church membership is not required and we invite all who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and have surrendered their life to him as Lord to join us in our observance. However, for us Communion is not just a religious ritual, the Bible says that there are consequences for those that partake in an unworthy manner.
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. (1 Co 11:27–29)