What is Communion?
(See 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
- …a simple meal, not an elaborate ritual (verse 23)
- …a time to reflect and be thankful (verse 24)
- …a symbol of Jesus’ broken body and blood shed for you (verse 25)
- …a proclamation of faith (verse 26)
Why should my LIFEGroup share Communion together?
Jesus shared the Last Supper with his 12 disciples in the Upper Room before he was betrayed and arrested. Jesus in essence administered the Lord’s Supper to a small group of those who shared in his ministry. It is appropriate for us to follow His example.
Who is Communion for?
Anyone who professes Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is invited to share Communion. The celebration is not meant to seem exclusive, but rather to represent a statement of faith for who Jesus is and what He has done. Therefore, without that faith, the meaning behind the action is lost. Anyone among your LIFEGroup who has not yet professed their faith in Jesus can be invited to spend this time in self-reflection but should refrain from taking the bread and juice (See 1 Corinthians 11:27-29).
Generally, Communion process can be facilitated this way:
- Open with a prayer, giving thanks for your time together and the elements in front of you
- Distribute the bread, reminding everyone to take a moment before eating it to reflect on the bread’s representation of Jesus’ body, which was broken for them (you may want to allow a minute of silence)
- Distribute the juice, reminding everyone to reflect on its representation of Jesus’ blood, which was shed so that they may have forgiveness for their sins (again, a minute of silence may be helpful for reflection)
- Close with another prayer, declaring faith and love in Jesus
If no one in your LIFEGroup is comfortable facilitating Communion, you are welcome to let our Senior Pastor, Doug Walker walk you through it through video.