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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7 Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3 Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5 Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6 Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4 Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5 Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6 Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5 Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6 Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5 Digging Deeper
Lesson 8, Digging Deeper 5
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What should we be reminded of as we partake of the Lord’s Supper? How should this reminder impact the way we conduct ourselves throughout the week?

The Lord’s Supper is eaten by the church in remembrance of Jesus. It memorializes and signifies the love of God for us in Jesus Christ. In this supper, the church, as the spiritual body of Christ, demonstrates the love and unity that Jesus desires in his disciples (John 13:34-35; 17:20-22). This love and unity expressed in eating together proclaims “the Lord’s death [for us all] until he comes” (I Corinthians 11:26).

We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, the church, and we all, Jews or Greeks, slave or free, drink of the one Spirit (12:13). Our participation together in the Lord’s Supper celebrates this love and unity. When we share the bread and the cup, we say in effect to one another, “This is the body of Christ for you and me” and “This is the new covenant in the blood of Christ for you and me.”

When we come together, we must not be divisive, unforgiving, selfish, angry, or harbor harsh feelings against others in the body. We must not resent or disrespect others in the body. The lack of love and unity in the Corinthian assembly invalidated their worship and made it unacceptable to the Lord. If we have a problem with one another, we should resolve that before eating the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 5:23-24).

All the time throughout the week, we live for Jesus. Daily, the “love of Christ [that is, the love he has for us] controls us” in all our thoughts, words and deeds (2 Corinthians 5:14). We work for peace, love and unity through Christ in everything and with everyone possible (Romans 12:18). “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Our lives are “rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17). Without love, all worship and service are meaningless before God (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). The selfish, separatist, sinful attitudes of the Corinthians should never at any time have a place in our hearts. Jesus is our Lord every day, not just at church time on Sunday.