For years, children have secretly wondered, “When you bite on the bread during Communion, does Jesus say ‘ouch’?”
This amusing question is actually one of the most interesting topics in Christian theology. For the past 2000 years, Bible scholars have held four major views of how mere bread and wine are Jesus’ body and blood. Click here to see a simple side-by-side comparison chart (After you click, go to the bottom of the page and flip to pages 9-11)
Despite the richness of the Lord’s Supper and the meaning behind it, for some people, the Lord’s Supper is merely routine and ritualistic. But it doesn’t have to be.
Did you know there are—
- 5 biblical reasons it is important?
- 7 themes that the “breaking of the bread” teaches us?
Unfortunately people have forgotten the significance. For example—
One advertising agency featured the Lord’s Supper in a Super Bowl ad that disturbed many Christians
Most people didn’t see the Super Bowl ad showing Doritos being served instead of communion wafers because it was yanked before it ran, reported USA Today.
There was a loud protest among those who previewed the ad in January. Despite excuses by the ad agency saying it wasn’t meant to be a parody, many people thought it was offensive.
It’s a shame that anyone should treat the body and blood of Christ as a joke. The Lord’s Supper is deeply meaningful, and is celebrated by Christians around the world. Perhaps some people have never been educated about its significance. When was the last time you heard a sermon on the importance of the Lord’s Supper?
We cannot assume that people understand the basics of this important biblical teaching.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a simple explanation of the Lord’s Supper?
Imagine having an easy-to-understand booklet that covers all the main points?
This 14-page full-color pamphlet goes through the basics of the Lord’s Supper, which is also known as the Holy Communion, Eucharist, the Lord’s Table, and the Breaking of the Bread. (You can download this pamphlet right now as a PDF for your iPad or computer.)
It explains every basic you need to know—
- Why do Christians around the world celebrate the Lord’s Supper?
- How do Christians view its importance?
- How does it promote unity in the body?
- What message does it teach new believers?
- What are the 4 ways that Christians explain Jesus’ presence in the bread and cup. (Does the bread actually become Jesus’ body?)
People can read this little pamphlet in just a few minutes. It answers all of the most common questions and will reinforce the importance of the Lord’s Supper. People will understand what it means and why they should take it seriously. They will see how it brings us to deeper worship and fellowship with other believers—not just in the seat next to us but around the world.
5 Ways to use this Lord’s Supper pamphlet
- personal use
- preparing for a first communion
- leading a new believer’s class
- discussing in a small group study
- including in a “basics of the faith” course.
How do you teach about the Lord’s Supper? How do you keep it fresh and meaningful in your own life?
This “The Lord’s Supper” eChart presents the 4 main ways Christians view the meaning of the Lord’s Supper. This simple side-by-side comparison chart shows the different beliefs about Communion from the standpoint of Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Baptists, Reformed, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, and more. Know which denominations practice open or closed Eucharist, and how each views the body and blood of Christ. Includes an easy-to-understand explanation of the “sacramental view” and the “ordinance view.”
This free eChart is just a portion of the 14-page, full color pamphlet, The Lord’s Supper, which provides the 5 reasons Christians should make the Lord’s Supper an important part of their worship and which explains 7 ways it unifies Christians all around the world.