He that is greatest among you, let him be . . . as him that doth serve. (Luke 22:26)
Do not allow your participation in the Lord’s Supper to become routine or casual in your worship. As one of two ordinances of the church, the other being baptism, it is vital and meaningful. Never forget that it is a memorial of our Lord’s sacrificial death.
Baptism was initiated before the Lord’s Supper, and their order is significant. The biblical order is baptism then the Lord’s Supper. It is never the Lord’s Supper without baptism. Changing the order of observance changes the order of symbolism to wrongly mean that Christian fellowship is possible without the new birth. Baptism symbolizes our salvation. The Lord’s Supper expresses Christian fellowship and unity, and therefore is best observed in church capacity. Repentance and baptism are requisites to participation in the Lord’s Supper. Only those who have experienced the former can meaningfully partake of the latter.
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