Trending Faith: The Purpose of Communion

bible with communion sitting on top of it Posted on November 24, 2015  in  [ Theology & Ministry ]

Dean of Grand Canyon University’s College of Theology Jason Hiles, PhD, and GCU Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin sat down for this week’s Trending Faith to discuss communion.

Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper, is a practice that the church as a whole observes in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice.

The Lord’s Supper is traced back to the book of John, where Christ is eating and talking with His disciples about what will happen to Him. He took bread and broke it and said that it was His body. Each person took the bread and consumed it.

It’s a beautiful metaphor of Christ’s broken body and the disciples “taking it into themselves; they are being sustained by His sacrifice,” said Dr. Hiles.

Pastor Tim reflected how it’s not just about a personal and private reflection, but it is also about reminding believers and coming together as the community of Christ in remembrance of what He did.

Check out the full discussion in the video:

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