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We experimented with Communion on Sunday.

We put 8 tables
around the room, 4 in front & 4 in back.  We put a goblet and a hunks of bread on each table.  We invited people who have received Christ as Savior to think/reflect/journal/pray before rising, explaining the symbology of the elements.  (We also told people how they could receive Christ right then.)

Then they could, as the Lord lead during the next 2 reflective
songs, go to a table & celebrate it alone, or with their family, disciple, or small group.  They just had to pray, grab a hunk of bread, dip it into the cup, & eat it. Thots?

Here are the verses I referenced as we explained Communion.

  • 1 Cor 11:23-26 — Churches can celebrate it however often they choose.  (We currently celebrate Communion every 4-6 weeks or so.)
  • 1 Cor 11:27-32 — Communion is a time for personal reflection

We also used leavened bread (i.e. with yeast) for the first time.  Here are the verses I
referenced by way of explanation:

  • The OT Commandment:
    • 1 Cor 5:7-8 — Yes, leaven (yeast) is a picture of sin
    • Matt 16:5-12 — Yes, leaven (yeast) is a picture of bad doctrine
  • Our NT Liberty:
    • Rom 8:2 — As Christians, we have been freed from the OT Laws
    • 1 Cor 11:23-34 — We are just told to celebrate with "bread"
    • Gal 5:1 — We chose to stand fast in the liberty Christ gave us

The #1 comment I got about Communion?

  • Others — "When I saw the goblets, I thought we were going to drink from the same cup."
  • Me — "There is no way I’m doing that.  And no ‘double-dipping’ either!"  🙂