Wk 2 // Obey // Communion
Why do you think meals are so often a part of our celebrations in life?
What’s the most celebrated or memorable meal you have ever been a part of? What made it so special?
Think about the meals we share together. We never gather just to eat, but also to share time at the table. We celebrate birthdays, holidays, and special occasions usually by sharing a meal. These moments at the table communicate something about an event’s importance, and they connect us to each other in a way that other activities do not. So it’s no surprise that on the night before Jesus’ death, He chose to explain the significance of His suffering with a meal.
In this week’s message, Pastor Sean talked about the significance of Passover. Jesus was gathering in the upper room with his disciples to celebrate the Passover meal, an important reminder of God’s deliverance of His people in Egypt, when he gave them the instructions for Communion. The symbols of the bread and the wine still to this day give us a powerful reminder of Christ’s redemptive work.
Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.
What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?
Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?
Was there anything that challenged you?
Briefly set the scene for the Passover meal, from Luke 22:7-13.
Why is it significant that Jesus’ suffering and death occurred around the time of Passover?
Have a volunteer read Luke 22:14-20.
What was the significance of the bread and the cup?
Jesus took the Passover meal and demonstrated to His disciples how the promises of God’s covenant with His people are fulfilled in Him. In breaking the bread and declaring that it was His body, and in holding up the cup and declaring that it was His blood, He proclaimed His identity as the ultimate Passover Lamb.
Why is the Lord’s Supper (Communion) an essential part of Christian practice today?
The Passover meal served as a reminder of God’s deliverance, love, and power. Jesus used this significant time to teach about Himself and foreshadow His death on the cross. Adding to what would have already been an incredibly heavy moment, Jesus also told them that one of them would betray Him.
What traditions or events do you observe to remind you of God’s work in your life? In what ways can you seek to remember significant things He has done?
How can participation in Communion continue to stir gratitude in you for the work of Christ?
Discuss some different ways people in your group prepare spiritually and mentally for the Lord’s Supper, and encourage your group members to try something new the next time you share in the Lord’s Supper.
Begin today’s prayer time by asking for specific requests. Pray specifically for group members’ requests, and that God would provide daily reminders of His incredible sacrifice for us. Pray that the Lord’s Supper and Christ’s sacrifice would have new meaning in each of our lives.