Do you observe the Lord’s Supper in the cell group? What has been your experience?
My own cell meets on Sunday night at 6 p.m., so just a few hours ago we participated in the Lord’s Supper.
I shared from Mark 14 where the scripture Jesus told his disciples to, “Say to the owner of the house he enters, â€˜The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?â€™ ï»¿He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us thereâ€ (vv 14,15). In those days, the houses frequently had upper rooms where they would entertain guests and hold family meetings. The kitchen and living quarters were downstairs but the upper room was larger and could hold more people. The early church followed the same pattern by meeting in homes to observe the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:46).
One of my first questions was, “What was the atmosphere of the first Lord’s supper?” Members shared the anxiety that the disciples must have experienced because of the hostile Jewish atmosphere at the time. We also came to grips with the fact that the disciples didn’t catch the significance of Christ’s body and blood in the supper. They thought the meal was a normal Passover observance. I then asked the following questions:
- Share how Jesus has ministered to you during the Lordâ€™s supper
- What helps you to focus on Jesus during this time?
- According to 1 Corinthians 11:17-33, How should we prepare for the Lordâ€™s supper? Why?
- Take a moment to prepare yourself right now before we participate in the Lordâ€™s Supper.
We passed around the grape juice and the crackers, while meditating on Christ’s broken body and precious blood. Because we were a small group, we felt the liberty to offer praise. We sang Amazing Grace and meditated on what Jesus did on the cross. Christ’s presence ministered to our hearts, and we sensed His healing power.
Many cell churches celebrate the Lord’s supper in the celebration time when all the cells are present. We at Wellspring normally follow that pattern as well. Yet, it’s wonderful to observe the Lord’s Supper in the home group, just like Christ did with His disciples.
Share your experience (s) of celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Do you like to observe it the cell or celebration? Why or why not?