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The Lord's Supper serves as a special type of "feast" or "meal" in the lives of true believers in the following five ways:

Special Type of Meal Definition Related Reference in the Form for the Administration of the Lord's Supper

1. Commemorative Meal

To remember Jesus Christ, especially His substitutionary death and saving work for His children

Let us now also consider, to what end the Lord hath instituted His Supper, namely, that we do it in remembrance of Him.

2. Strengthening Meal

To strengthen and assure one's faith, to arouse love, and to revive hope; in short, to promote the health and growth of spiritual life

From this institution of the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ, we see that He directs our faith and trust to His perfect sacrifice (once offered on the cross) as to the only ground and foundation of our salvation, wherein He is become to our hungry and thirsty souls, the true meat and drink of life eternal.

3. Testimonial (or Witnessing) Meal

To testify that one's hope and expectation is centered in Jesus Christ and Him crucified

For we do not come to this supper, to testify thereby that we are perfect and righteous in ourselves; but on the contrary, considering that we seek our life out of ourselves in Jesus Christ.

4. Covenanting (or Pledging) Meal

To renew one's commitment, pledge, and covenant to serve God with all one's heart, soul, mind, and strength, in a spirit of gratitude

Whether he purposeth henceforth to show true thankfulness to God in his whole life, and to walk uprightly before Him.

5. Communion (or Love) Meal

To commune with the body of Christ, God's children, at the table of the Lord, their covenant Head

Besides that we by this same Spirit may also be united as members of one body in true brotherly love, as the holy apostle saith, "For we, being many, are one bread and one body; for we are all partakers of that one bread."

Two elements are used as signs in the Lord's Supper, i.e., broken bread and poured wine. The broken bread signifies Jesus' crucified body, and the poured wine pictures Jesus' shed blood. Together the bread and wine speak of Jesus' substitutionary death for all His children.


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