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Have you ever hesitated to participate in communion at church? Here's what communion is all about.

Key Points:

  • How did communion start? Jesus instituted communion on the night he was betrayed (Matthew 26:26-28). He gave new meaning to the Jewish festival of Passover.
  • How do we do communion? Different churches have different practices. Most commonly, churches will serve a form of bread and a form of grape juice.
  • Why do we do communion? We do it to remember Jesus, as he commanded us. It is a way to give thanks and to “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Quote This:

Matthew 26:26-28 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever been unsure about taking Communion? Explain.
  3. What does the bread of Communion stand for? What about the wine?
  4. Why do you suppose some churches use grape juice – or even coconut milk – instead of wine?
  5. What methods of taking the elements have you been exposed to? What method do you prefer?
  6. Why is it important to receive the elements of Communion with gratitude?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.