Partaking of Communion

  • 1 Corinthians 11:29-31  For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.  That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.  But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.
  • Luke 22:17-20  After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.  For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

We are to take communion but we are not to take it lightly.  Communion is a very spiritual act of honor to the Lord.  We do this remembering all that He did for us and all that His sacrifice has provided for us.

How to take communion:
  1. Examine yourself.  Is there anything you need to repent of?  If so, do it recognizing what Jesus did for you on the cross, that His blood was shed specifically for the forgiveness of your sins.  Ask God if there’s something He sees in you that needs to change.  Don’t be too hasty in taking communion before you’ve examined yourself as the Word says:  “For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.  That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.  But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment (1 Corinthians 11:29-31).
  2. There is no set guidelines in the Word as to where, when and how often to partake of communion.  The only criterion is that it honors the Lord by acknowledging what He did for us.  As such, and because it is an act of worship which takes preparation of the heart, sometimes it’s best to do it in the privacy of your own home (with a piece of cracker and juice) in addition to communion taken at church.
  3. When you partake of the wine/juice, acknowledge His shed blood for your sins and thank Him.  He took them all on His own body for you to be saved and live in freedom.  Always remain in awe of what He did.
  4. When you partake of the bread, acknowledge that His body was broken to set you free and for you to have health and peace.


Call to action:
  Read Isaiah chapter 53 and see all that your Savior has done for you.  Repent of your sins and ask Him if there is anything else that you’re overlooking.  Once you’ve repented, take communion.  A piece of cracker and juice is all you need to honor Him in your own home.  Make a habit of taking communion alone regularly.