WHAT IS COMMUNION?
Communion is an opportunity for followers of Jesus to remember and celebrate what he has done for them through his death and resurrection. The Communion bread and grape juice (or wine) represent Jesus’ broken body and shed blood. They’re reminders that we are forgiven through his sacrifice.
WHO SHOULD CELEBRATE COMMUNION?
Some believe Communion should be available only to those who follow Jesus. Others believe Jesus invites all to his table. You may have believers in your group from traditional church backgrounds who aren’t comfortable celebrating Communion in a group environment. That’s okay. Either way, Communion is an opportunity to share what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
WHERE SHOULD COMMUNION BE CELEBRATED?
We believe God invites us to celebrate Communion anywhere we want and as often as we want. We also believe you don’t have to be an ordained pastor to serve it. Strategically, a Community Group leader is the best person to serve it. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate servant leadership. If members in your group disagree, that’s okay. Remember, you do not need to convince them to celebrate Communion if they don’t want to.
celebrating communion with your group
Read a few passages of Scripture about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection; Isaiah 53; Mark 15:21–39; John 19; Corinthians 15:1–8; Galatians 2:16–21; Ephesians 2:1–10; Philippians 2:1–11; 1 Corinthians 7:17–32; Psalm 22ad
PASS THE COMMUNION ELEMENTS AROUND
Read 1 Corinthians 11:23–26.
Prompt your group members to eat the bread (or wafer) and drink the juice (or wine).
Encourage each member to spend some quiet time in prayer and reflection. You may want to play music during this time. Here are a few suggestions:
“Come As You Are” by Crowder
“Holy Spirit” by Katie and Bryan Torwalt
“Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin