(1Co 11:24-26) “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”

We believe the Lord’s Supper is a local church ordinance to be observed by its own members who are in good standing with their church and is intended to remind believers of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ necessary for salvation

The Lord’s Supper was originally given to the 12 Apostles to be administered in and by the church

The only Scriptural method of observing the Lord’s Supper is “Closed Communion”

It is to be served during a service of a local church for the members of that local church only

“Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.” (Mt 26:20)

“Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.” (1Co 11:33)

The elements of the Lord’s Supper are unleavened bread, representing the sinless body of Jesus Christ, broken for our sins; and the fruit of the vine (non-alcoholic, 100% grape juice), representing the sinless blood of Jesus Christ, shed for the remission of our sins

The leadership of the church has a responsibility to refrain from administering the Lord’s Supper when major strife or doctrinal controversy is rampant in the church and the members have a responsibility to refrain from participating when they are knowingly engaged in open or un-confessed sin

“For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.” (1Co 11:18-20)

“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” (1Co 11:29-30)

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