January 20, 2016, 5:28 PM

Who should or should not take communion?

Recently, I have been asked “Who should take communion?” I was always taught that a person who had not been baptized should not partake. However I have never been one to believe something on tradition alone. So does the Bible give us guidelines as to who should or should not partake of the Lord’s Supper?
The best passage I could find is from I Corinthians 11.
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
The first thing I notice in this passage is purpose. What is our purpose in taking communion each Sunday? Jesus said “In remembrance of Me” When you take communion, baptized or not are you remembering Jesus and the gift He gave us of His life? One might argue that a unrepentant, unbaptized, person cannot take in remembrance of a Lord they have not accepted yet. But maybe you are close to accepting Him, or are early in your journey to Christ, but have not made the commitment yet. Can you celebrate the gift you have not accepted, I think possible yes. 
That is why we have a communion meditation each week, to focus on our purpose for taking the emblems of the Body and Blood of our Lord. If we have been baptized and a mature Christian but do not take “In Remembrance” do we not dishonor the Lord. 
We are to “remember the Body and the Blood of Christ given for us. The emblems are chosen by our Lord to resemble His body, white bread like substance that resembles human flesh, and as Jesus called it the “fruit of the vine” red in color to remind us that He shed His blood to die for our sins. 
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.” Verse 26 here reminds us that we “Proclaim” make a statement about “The Lord’s death” to others, both Christian and non-Christian alike that Jesus did this for us. In fact Romans 5.8 says “while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”
Verses 27-29 speaks of taking in an unworthy manner. This was clearly written to the Christian who may act un-Christian. Who takes communion without honoring the purpose Christ stated above. Why then would a non-Christian or better put a Not-yet-Christian be unable to honor Christ though communion if he understands the purpose but has not yet made a full commitment, in repentance and Christian Baptism? 
In the next three verses Paul says that many are sick, spiritually sick because they are not examining themselves at communion time to seek forgiveness and better themselves in the eyes of our Lord. He then makes it clear that we are to examine ourselves, judging ourselves in the eyes of our Lord. I am not to judge you, no one in our church is to point fingers to judge someone else, because we are all too busy judging ourselves in light of the past week to see how we can do better for the Lord, and to seek His forgiveness for our own sin. You however are to judge yourself weekly until you come into His complete will. 
So to answer the question concisely: I think, unbaptized children should not take communion because they do not understand the purpose for it, and it could become common place even after baptism. An adult who is not baptized must judge for Him/Her self if they are fulfilling the purpose Jesus stated for doing the “In Remembrance” of Him. 
Thank You for reading this please call or email me for any questions,


September 1, 2015, 1:18 PM

Why I don't want to be your "Pastor"

Why I don’t want to be your “Pastor”

What does the word pastor mean? In the Old Testament it means lit. feeder The old King James translates it as Pastor, but most all newer translations use the word shepherd. The only place in the New Testament for most translations is in Ephesians 4.11 The word here literally means shepherd.

So what does the Bible say about pastors, or shepherds?

I Peter 5.1-4   The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2  Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3  nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4  and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

In this passage the word elder, shepherd, and overseer all describe the same office. In Acts 20 Paul tells the elders to “feed and shepherd” the flock. 28.  "So guard yourselves and God's people. Feed and shepherd God's flock--his church, purchased with his own blood--over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders.” Never do you see the word elder of a church, but always plural, elders. The elders are the earthly leaders, shepherds, overseers of the local church. These men are called to shepherd the flock (congregation) in love and by example. What does it mean to shepherd? In John 10 Jesus describes the shepherd as one who “calls his sheep by name”. He “leads them in and out and they find pasture”. Notice, he does not hand feed the sheep, but leads them out to pasture. If pastor means shepherd, and the elders are to do the shepherding, why would we call our preacher “The Pastor” Why not call the elders, Pastor Jim, Pastor Dwight, or Pastor Bill?

As Paul writes to the young evangelist Timothy he tells him about elders. ITim 1.1  This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. This word is translated bishop in the King James and New King James versions. In the New Living Translation it is translated “Bishop” and in the Holman Christian Standard Version it is translated “Overseer”. All are correct because in other places in the Bible they are from the same word. So if the elders are the overseers, and shepherds, shouldn’t they be the pastors as well.   

As I see it, my job is evangelist (preacher). The problem I have with titles is that I should not be “the” only anything. Can I be the only minister? No, we all should minister as we have talent to do so. The shepherd (pastor)? No, we all shepherd as we see the need, especially the Elders. The evangelist? No, we all are called to tell the Good News. The Teacher? Again I cannot be the only teacher, we have many in Sunday School, Youth classes, adult Bible studies, and so on.   In Matthew 23 Jesus warns us about titles, like Father, Rabbi, or Teacher. So if I need to be called anything other than my name, the only thing that rarely anyone else does in our church is preach, so I suppose I can be the preacher.

In Christian Love

Your Preacher

Preacher Dee


10-06-2016 at 7:49 PM
Bonnie Phillips
I love my church!!! Can't wait for Sunday worship!!
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