Metro Bible Church recognizes Communion as one of the two ordinances Jesus Christ instituted for His Church. Below is our attempt to communicate clearly on Communion, written in 2013 and approved by the Elders of Metro Bible Church.
The Lord’s Supper shall be observed regularly as designated by the Elders. All believers are encouraged to participate in this time of remembrance and celebration of the death of Jesus Christ as long as they carefully examine themselves so that they do not take communion in an unworthy manner (Mt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34).
We partake of the elements twice a month out of a desire to be consistent with both 1 Corinthians 11:25 and the practice of the early church in Acts 2:42-47. They regularly “broke bread” together. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 11, is not commending the church for how they came together, but reproving: “When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk.” (vv. 20-21) In this reproof, we find the converse to be intended, that when we come together, it is the Lord’s Supper that we should eat, approaching the meal with appropriate reverence. In verse 24 and 25, Paul recounts the Lord Jesus’ message, that the bread and cup should be received in remembrance of Him. For the cup, He adds, “Do this, as often as you drink it…” We believe this to indicate that we must be purposeful in coming together regularly to take communion. It must be meaningful, not mechanical; regular, not random.
Those invited to the Lord’s Table are believers who have publically proclaimed their faith in baptism and are committed (in right standing) to a healthy church (or in progress of committing themselves to one) (Acts 2:42). To admit an individual to the Table who willfully refuses baptism, or willfully refuses to commit to a local body, would be to invite judgment upon themselves and condone unrepentant sin in the church (1 Cor 11:28-29). The same would be true to admit one who is under church discipline and refuses to repent (Matt 18:17, 1 Cor 5:11). Communion is for those who are in the “community” of the church. Those who are in “community” are ones who have been recognized as having a credible profession of faith and proclaimed it through the ordinance of baptism.