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Communion services are one of the most important services we have the opportunity to lead our churches in on a regular basis. Communion should never be something that becomes so routine that it loses it impact, it should also be something that is done regularly and with great intentionality.
When planning a communion service, here are five things to keep in mind:
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How we get there is important: The song choices and the preaching in a communion service need to compliment the Lord’s Supper. There may be time in an exegetical series where the passage does not directly apply to communion, but every message and passage should be able to be drawn back to the Gospel. That transition to or from the sermon must be thought through, so that the sermon doesn’t feel fragmented from the message of the Gospel that is proclaimed in communion. In the same way, the songs that are in the service leading up to communion must help the worship participants prepare their heart for the partaking of communion.
What is explained is important: The explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is important. We must be clear about what we are remembering and what the elements represent. A good soteriology will allow salvation to explained well without over-emphasizing the elements themselves or the actions of those partaking. The depravity of man, the sovereignty of God, the love of Christ, and His death AND resurrection must all be explained.
Communion - Standing - Christ - Bride - Communion
Who it is for should be explained: Communion is for those who have a good standing with Christ and His bride. It is also important that those taking communion have publicly proclaimed their faith...
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