Session Overview: Communion
Sometimes church can take on an overwhelming feel of professionalism, details, and routine. We can feel disconnected, wondering if there’s something more than what we’re used to. When read in the Bible about the first Christians, it seems like their gatherings were more authentic and genuine. There was a deep sense of family, love, and sharing. Now there are certainly churches like that today, but we can all agree that there’s room for improvement in others. Recognizing that need is a great place to start!
When Jesus first taught his disciples to break bread together, he told them that he had been longing to share this last meal with them before he was to be crucified. Then he took the cup of wine and told them to remember him when they drank it, for it represented his blood which was about to be poured out for the sins of the world. Then he broke bread for everyone and told them to remember him when they ate it, for it represented his body which was about to broken for them.
Jesus wants so much for us to be connected to him and each other, in fact he prays to his Father that his followers would be one with him. As human beings, the most connected we can be with God and others is through our relationship with Jesus.
Acts 2:42-47 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Following Jesus isn’t just about what God did for us; it’s about what we do for each other because of that. 1 John 3:16 says, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” God calls us to love one another and lay down our lives for each other. That’s why we break bread together, to remember Jesus’ love and to love others.
- Have you ever had an experience where you felt disconnected from church? What was difficult or discouraging about it?
- Have you ever had an experience where you felt like you belonged? What made it so special or meaningful?
- How would breaking bread in someone’s home be different from only doing it on a Sunday in a church building?
- Why do you think Jesus asks us to remember his death together instead of alone?
- Why do people want the church to be just a part of their lives instead of a 24/7 commitment?
- How would your life be different if you saw church as a commitment to these things: being on a mission, fearing God, following Jesus, loving others, gathering for prayer, teaching, and breaking bread, and taking the gospel to the world?