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When We Take Communion We Proclaim These 4 Truths

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We see four things we proclaim when we take communion. We also proclaim them by our actions:

When We Take Communion We Proclaim These 4 Truths

1. Our need to be saved.

When we take communion we proclaim there is one way to heaven—through Jesus. It may feel generous or sophisticated to say, “Jesus is my personal way to get to heaven, but I’m sure God accepts other ways.” But any other way, no matter how sincere, is an insult to Jesus. Think about it.

Jesus prayed, “Father, if it’s possible, if there’s any other way, let this cup pass from me.” What if God the Father had responded, “Well, there are multiple ways to me, but I’m still going to make you die”? How cold is that?

So as Jesus proclaimed the night before he died, “This [bread] is my body which is broken for you for the forgiveness of sins.” The cup and the bread of communion proclaim our need to be saved, to be born again. Being sincere is not enough.

2. Our ability to be saved.

Jesus did not add any qualifiers to the word “you” when he said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.” There is no amount of sin or shame or avoidance that prohibits you from salvation. Jesus said, “Whosoever will may come and eat the bread of life freely.” If you are a “whosoever,” this salvation is for you.

There is a place at this table for you, no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you. No matter what kinds of failures or struggles you bring into this moment. Jesus has saved you a seat at his table and invites you to sit with him.

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J.D. Greear, Ph.D., is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastors the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Tagged by Outreach magazine as one of the fastest growing churches in America, the Summit has grown in the past 8 years from 400 to over 5,000 each weekend. The Summit Church is deeply involved in global church planting, having undertaken the mission to plant 1000 churches in the next 40 years. J.D. has authored Breaking the Islam Code and the upcoming Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary.