How to Minister and Share Communion

What is Communion?
Communion is a sacrament, a physical touchpoint that God works through by grace and through faith. Jesus took the elements of bread and “the fruit of the vine” (Mt. 26:29) (either wine or grape juice—fermentation is not the point—we prefer grape juice so as not to stumble those who have alcohol struggles) and spoke a blessing over them saying, “this is My body”, “this is My blood” (Mt. 26:26-27) and then served His disciples. As they partook, they received, through faith and by God’s grace, the benefits of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross for us. We do not literally eat His flesh and blood (the Bible forbids that), but spiritually we receive real strength, forgiveness, cleansing, healing, and every benefit of His victory on the cross into our spirit, soul and body. It is not literal flesh and blood. It is still bread and juice, but it is far more than just a symbol. It is a very real spiritual experience. As with all the sacraments, there is the element of mystery (1 Tim 3:16), because we are talking about encountering God! It is holy, awesome, exciting, humbling, challenging, and filled with life!

Who can receive Communion?
Any Christian believer. Communion is something we do on a regular basis after we have been saved, so that we might have God’s grace and strength to walk on our journey victoriously. We just come sincerely and in faith each time to the Lord’s table to receive God’s spiritual strength.!

Who can minister Communion?
Any believer with some understanding of its meaning. The Bible makes it clear we are all kings and priests before God (Rev 1:6; 5:10). Although church leaders are important, and they normally minister communion in the larger congregational setting, the book of Acts is clear that the believers “broke bread from house to house” (Acts 2:46). The main church leaders were not present in all those homes. A dad is the priest of his home. A small groups or Ministry Leader is a priestly leader for his group. Every believer has direct access to God and can function in a priestly way in various settings.

How do you minister Communion?
1. First, obtain the necessary elements. Some form of bread and “fruit of the vine.” We ask that “Victory groups” use grape juice so as not to stumble those with alcohol struggles. In your own home and family it is your free choice of wine or juice. We also should never judge others on choices such as this (Rom. 14:12-13).

2. Then, gather your group or family together and have a time of preparation. This can include worship or singing if desired (Mt. 26:30). CD’s are helpful in small settings. Music, however, is not a must.

3. Next, read a portion of scripture (or a couple portions if desired) related to communion and what God might be speaking to you. There is the classic communion passages in 1 Cor. 11:23-26, but there are also other good passages such as Mt. 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20 and John 6:26-59. It’s always good to include one of these regardless what other passages you read.

4. The leader should pray and bless the elements and pray for everyone to reach out to the Lord. A time of quiet personal self-examination, as discussed in 1 Cor. 11:27-32, could also take place at the end of that prayer, to allow everyone to let the Lord speak to them about how He wants to work in their lives. Then, just as Jesus declared “This is My body” and “This is My blood”, so it’s good to declare in faith, “We thank you Lord for the new covenant in your body and blood, and we receive it with gratitude and joy.”

5. Then serve the elements and allow time for everyone to take them and pray on their own. Parents, this is a great time to pray for your kids if they are not saved yet. We recommend that you wait until they are. They should understand what salvation is, really knowing Jesus lives in their heart. We recommend too, that you have them water baptized fi rst. Up until that time, just lay hands on them and bless them. When they are ready for their first communion, whether it’s in church or at home, make it a special day!

6. Finally, pray a closing prayer. Then have some great fellowship!