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Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and founh generation of them that I hate Me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.

-Exodus 20:4-6

 

The Reformed churches, therefore, oppose the Roman Catholic Eucharist teaching and observance and uphold the following scriptural doctrines concerning the Lord's Supper:

  • Christ's real presence at the sacrament -spiritually, not physically

  • The elements serving as visible signs and remembrances of Jesus' death -His crucified body and shed blood

  • The sealing and strengthening power of the sacrament -by personal application of the Holy Spirit to the believer's soul as received by God-given faith

To properly celebrate the Lord's Supper, the two requirements listed in the chart below are needed:

REQUIREMENTS TO PROPERLY CELEBRATE THE LORD'S SUPPER
Person in View Requirement Wording in the Lord's Supper Form: Scriptural Reference

1. Self

To examine our own hearts and lives

That we may now celebrate the Supper of the Lord to our comfort, it is above all things necessary, first: Rightly to examine ourselves.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

-I Corinthians 11 :28-29

2. Jesus Christ

To remember Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death and lives

Secondly: To direct it to that end for which Christ hath ordained and instituted the same, namely, to His remembrance.

And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me.

-Luke 22:19

The self-examination required to properly participate in the Lord's Supper includes both an:

    1. Outward examination of confession and lifestyle -a church right


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