2. It represents and certifies our parti-cipation in the bodyand blood of Christ – “
this is my body which is for you.
”3. It represents and certifies the union of believers witheach other. It is a common meal.4. It symbolizes our acceptance of the new covenant, asratified by the blood of Christ, to be God’s people, setapart for the doing of His will.B.As to the conditions for profitable Communion:1.Knowledge to discern in the Lord’s Supper the body of the Lord ( I Cor. 11:29). In other words, he/shemust understand that this is not a common meal whichis for satisfying the body. It is a remembrance of a body broken and blood shed by which the soul is saved. Inother words, participation requires competentknowledge of Christ and His gospel.2.Faith to feed upon Christ. If there is no relianceupon Christ then what is outwardly confessed is notinwardly true. Accordingly to Paul, this makes onesubject to chastisement from God (I Cor. 11:29)3.Personal examination (I Cor. 11:28). The Bibleteaches that carefulness is important to proper observance, lest there is actually no personal response being made to Christ in our observance to the Supper.As these guidelines are understood, a number of conclusions respecting childrenwould suggest themselves:1.There must be credible evidence of new birth in Christ, both in verbalconfession and spiritual fruit.2.Baptism should precede Communion as a proper order.
The child should evidence that the importance of the event isunderstood. Many Protestant denominations precede the Lord’s Supper by catechism so that the Supper is protected from being trivialized andabused, and have chosen age 12 as a minimum for participation.SGMC has no requirements in these matters, but I would suggest that12 is an appropriate age, as well. This is no set rule. But it would begood for the parent to carefully look for commanding evidence inorder to make an exception for the child.