Our Lord Jesus left us a beautiful way to remember Him. Partaking in the Lord’s supper centers our heart on the gratitude owed Jesus for what He has done for us. It was because of our sin that His body was broken. We read much about our Saviour’s resurrection throughout the Word and rightly so. But as this passage makes clear, we are never to detach ourselves from remembering His gruesome murder, fit for the worst of history’s criminals. As often as we take and eat, we are proclaiming His death to a watching world, and waiting for His triumphant return. -- Amy
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ]
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
_ What is significant about mentioning the night of the betrayal? (v. 23)
_ Look back at Jeremiah 31:31-34. What is the “new covenant in [His] blood? (v. 25)
_ What are we proclaiming when we eat the bread and take the cup? (v. 26)
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ How often have you counted the cost of Christ’s death? Does centering on this passage open your eyes to that more, or were you already in a posture of right remembrance as you take and eat?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)