The Communal Aspect of the Lord’s Supper

The Covenanters' Communion

Pilgrim Covenant Church:

“In other words, the actions of an individual in a church have corporate implications. No one in a church may think that his sins are nobody else’s business; conversely, the church must not think that the sins of an individual is none of the business of the church.

But isn’t there an exception in the case of the Lord’s Supper, seeing that Paul requires the individual to examine himself or herself privately. I am afraid not. In fact, Paul makes it very clear that it is particularly in the Lord’s Supper that the church must recognise its organic oneness. Referring to the Lord’s Supper, he insists, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread” (1 Cor 10:16–17; italics emphasis added). Clearly then, the Lord’s Supper is not to be understood as an individual exercise but a corporate exercise of the body of Christ.”

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