Invitation to the

Lord's Supper

We participate in the Lord’s Supper during the morning service every Lord's Day.

This sacrament has everything to do with Christ’s saving death on the cross. Because

His body was broken and His blood was shed, sinful people who repent and believe in

him are forgiven of their sins and receive eternal life (John 6:51, Galatians 1:4, Peter 2:24).

God feeds his people through the means of grace, namely the preaching of the Word

and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper (John 6:48-69).

We ask all who wish to participate in the Lord’s Supper to affirm all the following statements:

  1. You believe in Jesus Christ and trust that your sins are forgiven because of Jesus alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12; Acts 10:43).

  2. You are displeased with yourself on account of your sins, and you are repentant of them (Psalm 51).

  3. You desire to live a godly life (Matt 5:6; I Peter 3:10-12).

  4. You have been baptized with water by a Christian church in the name of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19).

  5. You have made a public profession of faith (Rom 10:9; Matt 10:32-33).

  6. You are a member of a Protestant church that:

    • Preaches the gospel that sinners are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Jesus Christ alone (Eph 2:8-10; Rom 3:20-26).

    • Administers the only two sacraments instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matt 28:19-20; I Cor 11:23-26).

    • Practices church discipline through elders who keep watch over your faith and godly walk (Matt 16:18-19; Matt 18:15-20; I Peter 5:1-4; Heb 13:17).

  7. You are not currently under formal church discipline (I Cor 5:11-13).

If you can affirm all of these things, then you are welcome to come to the Lord’s Table. If you cannot affirm all of these statements, we must ask you to abstain from participating in the Lord’s Super at this time. Covenant URC is "eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace: (Eph 4:3) and therefore admit visitors to the Lord’s Table, provided that they agree with us on these important matters of biblical truth.

 

Please understand that by asking you to abstain, we are not saying that you are not our brother or sister in Christ. But as ministers and elders, we desire ‘to act honorably in all things’ and ‘to do all things decently and in order’ (Heb 13:18; I Cor 14:40). Given the seriousness of Scripture’s warnings regarding the Lord’s Table in 1 Corinthians 11:20-34 and also the solemn responsibilities given to office-bearers in I Peter 5:1-4 and Hebrews 13:17, we think it best that if we should err, to err on the side of caution. We also take the New Testament seriously when it teaches Christians should be actively participating in an assembly of the believers, the church. All Christians are called to keep on assembling together regularly and obey and submit to elders who are watching over their souls (Hebrews 10:25 and 13:17).  Based on this biblical emphasis, we believe a person should be a member of a particular church before sharing the Lord’s table with us. 

In this, as in all things, we hope and pray that God will be glorified. If you have any questions regarding these matters we urge you to seek out one of the pastors or elders. We are eager and willing to discuss these matters in light of God’s Word, as we are called to tend to these matters for the purity of Christ’s Church, God’s Glory, and the good of His people.

Sincerely,

The Consistory (elders and pastor) of Covenant United Reformed Church

© 2017 by COVENANT URC

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