God Strengthens Us
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 91, 96 and 97
Leader: Q 91: How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?
All: A. The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in them, or in him that doth administer them; but only by the blessing of Christ, and the working of His Spirit in them that by faith receive them.
Leader: Q 96. What is the Lord’s Supper?
All: A. The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, His death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of His body and blood, with all His benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace.
Leader: Q 97. What is required for the worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper?
All: A. It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body, of their faith to feed upon Him, of their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.
Text of Institution; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Leader: 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said,
All: “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Leader: 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying,
All: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.