The Lord’s Table is one of the two ordinances (the other being water baptism) that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted for the church. Through the observance of the Lord’s table, we remember the death of our Lord Jesus Christ for our sin. The solemn moments of the communion service are to be used by believers to reflect on their sins and the fact that the consequences for it were already suffered by their Savior. The Bible calls for all sinners, who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior and living in obedience to Him as a pattern of their life, to come and participate in it by repenting of their sins and confessing them before the Lord. Anyone who participates in the communion while still loving their sin and not willing to forego them, participates in an unworthy manner and is willfully inviting the Lord’s judgment on him.
The bread that is broken and distributed represents the body of our Lord that was broken as a consequence of God’s wrath being poured on Him. The grape juice that is distributed represents the blood of our Lord that was shed for the remission of our sins. The bread and juice remain in their original form during the communion and after it enters your body. The two elements do not get converted into the actual body and blood of the Lord. We are not offering the body and blood of the Lord again and again. The elements in themselves are also not to be considered as something having a spiritual benefit, like a prasad. They are just emblems of the body and blood of the Lord. Instead, the belief in the actual body and blood has immense spiritual value – the salvation of our souls.
We practice an open communion, meaning that we don’t individually allow or deny participation. However, we strongly discourage children, unbelievers, habitual sinners and those lacking an understanding of the ordinance from participating in this.
Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Hebrews 7:26-27; 1 Peter 3:18