The Bible tells us that Jesus offered this meal to believers in Him (Matthew 26:17-31). Further, He also teaches us that He is present in this meal.
The Bible says: "For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
The Bible also warns: "Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself." (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)
Based on this understanding from these and other Bible passages, we are encouraged to ask ourselves the following questions:
Have I been instructed in the Ten Commandments, and in light of those Commandments believe that I am a sinner and deserve God's wrath and eternal punishment?
Am I truly sorry for my sin?
Do I agree with the teachings of the Apostles' Creed and believe in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
Do I believe that Jesus Christ died for me and shed His blood on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins?
Do I desire, with God's help, to conform my life to God's Word?
Have I been instructed about the Lord's Supper and believe that the true body and blood of Christ are miraculously present in the bread and wine in this meal?
If God has led you to yes to all these questions, He offers you a rich blessing in this meal and you are welcome at His altar.
If you are unclear about some of these issues or must honestly answer no to some of these questions, we would encourage you to wait and please talk with the Pastor before the next opportunity for communing.