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Joshua Harris July 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Some nice points, but what about community? It seems like Communion should be about a community of believers transformed by what God has done, is doing, and will do, right?

For more of what I mean:

http://www.humanismandculture.com/henri-de-lubacs-catholicism-pt-1/

David Peach July 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Joshua, I think community is an important aspect of Communion. I thought about dealing with that part of it, but that seems to be more about the structure and doctrine of Communion more than the personal preparation aspect of Communion. I would not be surprised if Jack writes an article dealing with the doctrinal structure of Communion sometime soon. That is the type of article he tends to write.

Derek Hill July 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm

This was a very good presentation of communion David. I am glad you included 1 Corinthians in your article. Communion without a clear conscience puts a rift between us and God.

God Bless!

Derek

David Peach July 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thank you Derek. When I think about preparing for Communion that is the passage my mind always goes to.

Jeff July 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I really look forward to this ordinance of the church and I agree that thanksgiving should be a key part of partaking. Christ said, “to do this in remembrance of me” – He knew that as people we are prone to forget. Where I worship, we celebrate communion once a month. A week prior to coming to the table, our church elders remind the congregation so that we can start to think on and prepare our hearts for communion. That week prior for me is a great time to confess sins and to meditate on the cross and salvation – a salvation sealed in the blood of the King!
Thank you David,
Jeff

David Peach July 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Jeff, thank you for your comment.

Every church I have been part of has made a big point to let people know when Communion would be celebrated. This gives the participants an opportunity to prepare their hearts. I think a church or pastor makes a mistake when Communion either becomes so commonplace that it is not special, or they have it so rarely that people don’t know how to properly prepare.

Thank you for your insight.

Rick Ruiz July 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

David, I want to be sure that I am prepared completely 100 % ready to partake communion. Ia m saved but I know I sin everyday. Can you please help me understand, teach me so I can sure I am prepared and honor God receive the Lords supper please?
Rick

David Peach July 23, 2012 at 6:42 am

Thank you for your question Rick. The biggest thing is to have a clear conscience before God. The beautiful thing about God’s promise to forgive us is that He gave this even before we sinned. 1 John 1:9 is a beautiful promise that if we confess, He will forgive.

Confess means to say the same thing about our sin as God says. Or another way to say it is to be in agreement with God about sin. This didn’t make much sense to me when I first heard someone say that. But it basically means that you should take the same view of sin as God takes.

Our sin is repulsive to God. But what is our view? Do we accept it as part of life? Or do we also find it repulsive? When we truly confess our sins then we will see sin as God does.

Then the promise is that He will forgive. Here’s the strange thing: He has already forgiven us. From His perspective all our sins were in the future when Jesus died on the cross. When we accepted Jesus as Savior we had past sins and future sins, but they were all forgiven at that time. God has forgiven all.

But from our perspective, things are different. When we sin, our desire to be close to God begins to change. God didn’t move away from us, we moved away from Him. God is there waiting for us to come back to Him in fellowship. That is where a clear conscience comes in. Paul tells us in the Corinthians passage that we should examine ourselves for the purpose of confessing sins and respecting the great sacrifice that Christ offered for us.

I hope this helps Rick. Spend time in confessing sin and having a clear conscience before the Lord. This does not mean you will never sin again, but your attitude toward sin should be very different.

Rick Ruiz July 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm

David,
Thank you so much in response to getting ready for communion . I am very pleased with with the way you explained it to me. I Will study it and follow your advice. Another question. Can you describe what Deliverance is, means, and is something we need done when we have open doors to the enemy in out lives? Jesus talked and did deliverance in His Ministry as we read in the new testament. Could you please explain. Rick

David Peach July 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Rick, I am sorry but I don’t really know what you mean when you use the word ‘deliverance.’ It seems like you are asking something specific, but it is a term I am not aware has a specific meaning from a biblical perspective.

[Obviously I know what the word means, but not in the way you seem to be talking about it.]

JeffL May 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

In the Mystical City of God book, in the section of The Transfixion, and under “The Words OF The Queen”‘ it talks about it being a horrible crime in the eyes of the Lord that men should despise and neglect the frequent reception of the Holy Communion, and they should approach it without preparation and fervent devotion.
After reading this and what you wrote, and am guilty of not preparing myself before Holy Communion, but will start this week doing a better job.
Have you read this book and passage, and what was your thoughts and suggestion.
Thank you for your words.

Jack Wellman May 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Hello JeffL. This is not my article but in my humble opinion, since you show repentance in this and are obviously sorry, I think you should be fine. I think that those who never take Communion seriously are in more trouble. You seem sensitive to not wanting to offend God and that shows me that your heart is not hardened. Also, in this book, The Mystical City of God book, you should never take anything outside of the Bible of concern for only the things written in the Bible are those things that we should judge ourselves against and not a manmade or man written book. Does this help sir?

Lisa Carroll May 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Thankyou Father, Lord & Holy Spirit, for everything You have, are and will be doing, amen.
God BLESS who wrote this article. Thankyou ❤

Leo March 2, 2019 at 6:07 pm

Hi.. If I committed sin through out the week and on Sunday the church will be having the holy communion and I confess my sins and prepare for sunday.. Can I part take in the holy communion?

Jack Wellman March 2, 2019 at 6:52 pm

Hello Leo. Thank you for your question sir. I believe we need to confess our sins immediately and come to communion with a clean heart and then you can partake in communion with no problem with your conscience before God. I hope this has helped sir. Please don’t wait until Sunday to confess your sins. Do it immediately.





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