Question of the day: the Lord’s Supper.

As in the past, I believe we’ve had previous discussions regarding parts of this before, or at least vague references to parts of it. Many people believe the Bible is very clear on this issue. However, churches usually differ on who is allowed to participate when they observe the Lord’s Supper in their services.

Do the words “Open,” “Close,” and “Closed” ring a bell to anyone? If you’re a pastor, which of the three does your church practice?

Use Scripture to back your opinions. Please. and thank you.

Here’s this week’s QOTD…

When the Lord’s Supper is observed, who do you believe is eligible to partake?

What elements do you believe should be used?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Posted on October 29, 2012, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I was in a denomination that practiced close communion. This means that it was closed to those who were not members of that particular sect of that denomination. The practice stemmed from the teaching that Christ’s body and blood were in fact the bread and wine. You can only take communion in this church if you believe that the bread and wine were the body and blood, not just a representation of the body and blood of Jesus. The historical rationale for this was that Martin Luther, when debating with Calvin on this very subject said that the scripture said, “this IS my body, this IS my blood.” In Luther’s eyes, is meant is.

  2. I grew up in a United Church of Christ that split from that denomination after the congregation expressed discomfort with their support for homosexual marriages, female clergy, and the hemlock society, among other things.

    My nice little Ohio-country church (here’s a pic of it: http://i.imgur.com/mx5OF.jpg) had a simple policy of those who had been “confirmed” could take communion. So far as I could tell, it didn’t matter what denomination you had been confirmed in, as there was no check-out process. They just passed the plate of bread cubes and tiny wine glasses (we used grape juice) and that was that. I do remember my mom having something of a mini-fit when my cousins attended (who had not been confirmed) and they participated as well. Haha.

    Later, after I stopped attending protestant churches regularly, I started going to Catholic Mass with my girlfriend and her family. I found out pretty quickly that I had to remain in the pews while they all went to the front of the church to partake in the Eucharist, which Rhonda started to touch on above. I am not sure how many non-Catholic Christians realize this, because I didn’t when I still went to church, but Catholics believe that the bread and wine BECOME the body of Christ. Like, not a symbol. They believe it is the real deal. In fact, if any of the Eucharist is spilled or dropped, you have to eat it anyway. Can’t just let parts of Jesus hanging out on the floor…or throwing Him away.

    As a non-believer, I don’t really have an opinion on when / where / how it should be administered. So I will leave that to you all!

  3. Who is eligible?
    Well, why would anyone who is NOT a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God, WANT to partake? There is no “magic” attached. It is, as Jesus said, a remembrance – a remembrance of His giving of Himself as an atonement for our sin. As such, only those who are in a Father/child relationship with God, through the finished work of Christ at Calvary, should partake.

    What elements?
    Jesus took the common things of the day – bread and wine. Personally, because these are to represent His body and blood, I prefer they are unleavened and unfermented.
    In many places of the world, bread and wine are not common foods and I see no reason why sweet potato, rice, water, milk etc cannot be used. It is not the elements, but the heart condition and intent of the participants that counts.

    “This do in rembrance of Me”
    “Til He comes”

    We are one day closer!

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