Confession: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 28, QA 77
Scripture: Luke 24:27-31, Acts 2:41-42, Hebrews 10:19-25
Preacher: Rev. David Inks
I. Lord’s Supper as an Ordinary Means of Grace
II. Communion with the Living Christ thru His Body and Blood
III. Lord’s Supper Uniquely Solicits a Believing Response to the Word
The Heidelberg Catechism
Q. WHERE DOES CHRIST PROMISE TO NOURISH AND REFRESH BELIEVERS WITH HIS BODY AND BLOOD AS SURELY AS THEY EAT THIS BROKEN BREAD AND DRINK THIS CUP?
A. In the institution of the Lord’s Supper: “The Lord Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,” Take, eat, this is my body which is for you.* Do this in remembrance of me. “In the same way also 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. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” This promise is repeated by Paul in these words: “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”
*Earlier and better manuscripts of I Corinthians 11 omit the words, “Take, eat.”
Luke 24:27-31 King James Version (KJV)
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Acts 2:41-42 King James Version (KJV)
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Hebrews 10:19-25 King James Version (KJV)
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
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