Preparation through Communion (Preparation)
“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a fellowship of the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a fellowship of the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16; from the Greek).
Each week, our church partakes of the Lord’s Supper at our Lord’s Day worship services. We do this for several reasons. We believe the Lord’s Supper to be a means of grace by which we have fellowship with God and with one another, and we are able to use that time to be weekly instructed as to the theology behind the Lord’s Supper. The term I have rendered fellowship above is a term that should be familiar to many Christians: κοινωνία (transliteration: koinonia). The word conveys the notion of communing, fellowshipping, partaking, and sharing. As we come to partake of the bread and the wine we demonstrate corporately that, as we are one body in Christ, we have communion with Christ and with one another in His body and blood (1 Corinthians 10:17).
As you anticipate celebrating your corporate communion with the saints and with Christ, consider how enriched your fellowship would be if you likewise spent six days in private communion with God and with your family. Nowhere are we commanded or permitted to take communion with our families apart from the gathered worship of God’s people, but we can certainly partake in that which it signifies. We can be in regular prayer to God both as individuals and as families, and hear the voice of our Great Shepherd as we read His Word both privately and with our families. As we prepare to fellowship with God and with His saints on His day tomorrow, let us all the more be diligent to partake of our fellowship with Him today.