Celebrating Communion in Your Group
We believe that the context of a connect group is a great place forcelebration of communion. The following paragraphs are meant to giveyou some guidelines to make this a meaningful celebration within yourgroup. Please feel free to contact your group coach with any questions.
What is communion?
It is the regular remembrance and celebration of the Lord's sacrificialdeath. The breaking and eating of bread has to do with Christ's bodybeing broken on the cross. The drinking from the cup has to do withthe shedding of Christ's blood whereby we are forgiven (Matthew26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-24).
What is the purpose of communion?
The primary purpose of communion is to take time to remember allthat the Lord did for us. It is a time to worship and give thanks for theforgiveness of our sins and the new life and relationship that we havein Jesus Christ. Jesus initiated this time of remembrance just beforeHis death. Because we tend to be forgetful people, in the OldTestament believers were called to remember the faithfulness of Godthrough various memorials. In the New Testament, this is the way thatJesus wanted us to remember His love and forgiveness of our sins.1 Corinthians 11:23-26 states:
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you;do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this,whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until hecomes.
These verses also explain that communion is a time of personalexamination. It is a time to examine our relationship with the Lord andothers.1 Corinthians 11:27-32:
Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in anunworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of thebread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without