In our Bible study this week we looked at the subject of Communion; in particular what Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 11v27 - 30).
These verses tell us clearly that we should examine ourselves before we take the Lord's Supper. We discussed what this actually means. This means examining yourself and asking if there is unrepented sin in your life. It is not about introspection; but rather examining our hearts honestly and treating the sacrament with reverence. To do so is to honour God and to treat Christ's sacrifice with respect.
There was some interesting discussion regarding the frequency of Communion and how this differs between denominations. Some, such as ourselves, have Communion weekly. Others have Communion a few times per year. Some expressed a preference to share Communion regularly. Others wondered whether Communion would be treasured more if it was less of a regular occurrence. After some discussion, all agreed that the key was to treat Communion with reverence and thoughtfulness each time we come to the Table.
We also looked at Hebrews 10 verses 26-29 and the warning to believers not to treat Christ's sacrifice lightly.
The subject closed with a look at Paul's caution to the Corinthians against unworthily partaking in the Lord's Supper, where he stresses to them that it is a serious matter. Paul suggests it is the reason for sickness and even death amongst the Corinthians.