The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper

Reformation Fellowship observes the Lord’s Supper as an act of worship each Lord’s Day. The Lord’s Supper is a sign and seal of God’s covenant of grace. In the covenant of grace, God promises eternal life to unworthy sinners who bear the fruits of faith in Christ and repentance, and He makes this promise only on the basis of Jesus’ righteous life and sacrificial death.

When believers eat and drink the broken bread and wine that have been set apart by Jesus’ words, they show that righteous Jesus died as their sacrifice and that they have forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the hope of resurrection and heaven through him alone. When believers receive this bread of nourishment and wine of thanksgiving, the Holy Spirit works in their hearts to assure them that they belong to Jesus and that Jesus and his benefits belong to them.

The right way to participate in the Lord’s Supper is to sincerely join in the prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus and his benefits that will be symbolized in the Supper, to listen to Christ’s recited words that set apart bread and wine as his body and blood to be eaten and drunk, to understand that the Supper symbolizes Jesus’ body that was sacrificed for his people, and to eat and drink as expressions of personal trust in and obedience to Jesus.

Four things should be true of everyone who participates in the Supper with us:

  • You must have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • You must trust in Jesus alone for the forgiveness of sin and eternal life
  • You must be a member of a gospel-believing church by the public profession of your faith in Jesus
  • You must currently be a member in good standing (not under discipline) of such a church

If you meet all four of these requirements, we welcome and encourage you to participate with us, but if you don’t meet all four requirements or if this description of the Supper is unclear to you, we ask that you simply pass the elements along and consider talking with the pastor or one of the elders after the service.