Day 25 of the Habits of Grace study focuses on The Lord’s Supper. Again, the key means of grace are Jesus’ voice (Word), his ear (prayer), and his body (church). The various disciplines and practices or habits of grace are ways of hearing His Word, responding in prayer to Him, and connecting to His people the church (David Mathis). So along those lines, the Lord’s Supper is able to bring together all three principles of grace and strengthen God’s people. There are four aspects of the Supper that David Mathis wants us to clearly see. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!
- The Gravity: Blessing or Judgment – The Supper is not to be taken lightly; blessing and judgment are in the balance. The “visible sermon” of the Supper leads from life to life, or death to death. This is why Paul states, “why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.” (1 Cor. 11:27-30).
- The Past: Rehearsing the Gospel – The Table takes us back to what’s first important, the gospel of Christ’s saving work for us. It helps us “hold fast to the word” (1 Cor. 15:2) and “continue in the faith, stable, and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel” (Col. 1:23).
- The Present: Proclaiming His Death – “As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). The Lord’s Supper is a powerful pathway for deepening and sustaining the Christian life.
- The Future: Awaiting the Feast – We anticipate the full feast to come at his great wedding supper (Rev. 19:9). “For we know that our fellowship with Christ in this life cannot begin to compare with the glory that awaits us in him.” John Frame