The Lord's Supper is a sharing, a communion. At the last supper with His disciples, Jesus consecrated bread and wine and shared it with them explaining that it represented His body and His blood, which were soon to be shed for them.
These elements are a symbol of the broken body and the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross that alone makes us worthy to approach God's throne in this form of worship. We are obeying our Lord who told us to do this in memory of Him until He returns.
The Lord's Supper is for all who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. To "believe in Jesus Christ as Savior" means to trust completely, to depend solely for forgiveness and eternal salvation on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
In communion we believe that Jesus became our substitute and died in our place and paid for our sins with His own blood and then was raised again to life having satisfied God the Father's holy demands for sin's payment.
We must examine ourselves. We who believe are worthy. The Apostle Paul added some cautions in 1 Corinthians 11: 27-31. In the text Paul calls one to examine himself or else they eat and drink condemnation to themselves if they do not judge the body rightly. But if we judge ourselves rightly we would not be judged.
Though redeemed by God's grace our lives often fall short of God's holy standard. We judge ourselves rightly when we examine ourselves, as Paul prescribes, and we confess any unconfessed sin. It is Christ's forgiveness alone that cleanses us from unrighteous living. His grace and Spirit enables us and leads us to holy living.
Here at Goshen Baptist Church we believe in open communion and invite adults and children to participate. If someone has not trusted Christ as their personal Savior we ask them to abstain.