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Class C: The Lord’s Supper

Class C: The Lord’s Supper

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Class C

Children Ministry

Mega Zoe Christian Church

 

Theme: The Lord’s Supper

(Recommendation:  This class should be given after class #48, unless there is a need to give it before.)  (Watching if the children have maturity to take the Lord’s Supper.)

 

I               Objectives:

 

Ø For the children to learn that:

1st) The Lord’s Supper is a sacred rite made in memory of Jesus’ sacrifice in the cross.

2nd) They have to learn to confess, ask for forgiveness and leave all that is sin, because no one can take the supper indignantly.

II           Biblical Lecture  (The teacher should prepare for the class)

 

Ø 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 / Matthew 26:17-29 / Mark 14:12-25 / Luke 22:7-23 / John 13:21-30

 

III        Verses to remember:

Ø 1 Corinthians 11:26

IV       Class Development:

Ø Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching; on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.

Ø Jesus sent Peter and John (Luke 22:8) saying:  “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

Ø They asked:  “Where do you want us to prepare for it?”

Ø Jesus replied:  “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.'”

Ø So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

Ø When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.  (visual C1)

Ø Jesus said:  “”I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer! (Jesus expressed His joy in celebrating the Passover with them, even when He knew this would be the last time, because He was soon to die.)

Ø And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Ø In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

Ø “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.”

Ø As we can see, Jesus said to do this in His memory.

Ø Those who take the Supper announce Jesus’ death, who surrendered himself for our sins.  (1 Corinthians 11:26)

Ø (Matthew 26:27-28)  The blood shed in the cross is to redeem, to take away the sins of everyone who believed.  It is called the blood of the new covenant; the old covenant was the lamb’s blood.

Ø Every time we have the Lord’s Supper, is to remember that Jesus died for us (for me) (visual A2 “Jesus in the cross”) and that His body was pierced, destroyed because He loved us (me).

Ø Jesus said it clearly:  “do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 22:19

Ø Jesus commanded that whoever believed should do this.

V     Warnings in abusing the Lord’s Supper: 1 Corinthians 11:17-22

Ø In Paul’s time, (New Testament) they reunited to eat and drink and the smarter ones ate it in an unworthy manner. They ate to satisfy their hunger and they drank to get drunk.  They did not gather to celebrate the new covenant.  They forgot that it was Jesus’ blood and body.  They ate it as an ordinary meal, not in remembrance, not in obedience, as Jesus commanded.

Ø The Lord’s Supper should be eaten if you have been good before the Lord, (examine your heart); not because the adults do it.

Ø To eat the Lord’s Supper you can not be in sin, or bad behavior (tantrums with mom and dad), or stealing, etc.

Ø We must learn to confess and leave behind our sins.  We have to learn to ask for forgiveness to which we have offended, to be worthy to eat it.

Ø Jesus died to clean us from sin, that’s why we can not be sinning and eat the Lord’s Supper.  We can not be in sin because we do it in remembrance of Him.

Ø If there is sin, we are not worthy to take the Supper.  (visual A1 “tainted heart”)

VI   For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord (in sin),   eats and drinks judgment on himself (diseases, weaknesses, and death).  1 Corinthians 11:29-30

Ø But if you examine yourself and see that something is bad in you, take the decision to take away the bad in you.  Then the judgments will not come over you.

Ø The Lord will not allow that we are punished together with the sinner; He grabs us with his crosier, so we would not be destroyed with this world.

Ø Jesus established the Supper as a sacred rite so we will not forget His death.

Ø (visual C2 “bread” and C3 “cup”)

Ø The bread symbolizes His beaten body and the cup talked about His precious blood shed at the cross of Calvary.

Ø This was the new covenant in His blood, it was not the Passover’s lamb any more (do you remember the story in Exodus 12 “Class #48”?).

Ø Its meaning was beautifully designed in three words:  took it, broke it and gave it.  (Matthew 26:26 / Mark 14:22 / Luke 22:19)

1st) Took it – He took all mankind over himself.

2nd) Broke it – He was about to be immolated in the cross.

3rd) Gave it – He gave himself for us.

Ø The bread means His surrendered body and the cup His blood shed.

VII    In our church, Mega Zoe, we celebrate this sacred rite (Lord’s Supper) every first Sunday of the month.

Ø We break the bread, because His body was beaten, and we drink the grape juice as a symbol of His blood shed for us.

Ø We do it in memory of His death.

Ø When we come together to eat the Lord’s Supper, we wait for everybody to have it in their hands. The pastors bless it and we eat it when we are indicated to.

Ø Remember, that we do not eat it to satiate our hunger.  It is not who takes a bigger piece of bread.

Ø This is an act of reverence and respect, because we are remembering Jesus’ death for us.

Ø We preach with this, being cleaned, we announce Jesus’ death.

VIIISuggested Activity:

Ø Color a class drawing.

Ø Draw something about the class.

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