First Communion Final Review – Bible Study

First Communion Final Review – Bible Study

Lesson Objective: The lesson objective is that that each student will be able to identify each icon with the key word as a summary of their preparation to receive their first Communion. Each key word is coupled with a pastoral interview question they will be asked to answer at the Lock-in.

Group Leader: The student handout does not have the questions. During the group time, provide the question for the students to write next to the key word (LAW) then review the bible reference and belief statement. If time allows, invite one student attempt to put the bible reference and belief statement in their own words. Remind them that at the First Communion Lock-in they will receive an icon with the corresponding questions for them to answer.

LAW: How does the law prepare us for first Communion?
Bible Reference: Hearing the Word of God, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23, prepares me to receive my first Communion.
Belief Statement: Using the Law as a personal mirror, I believe I am sinner in need of God’s forgiveness.

Grace: What is grace?
Bible Reference: Hearing the Word of God, “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” – Romans 2:34, prepares me to receive my first Communion.
Belief Statement: Believing God’s offer of grace, I believe that I cannot earn my way to heaven, but instead I receive God’s free gift of forgiveness bought for me through Jesus death on a cross.

Forgiveness: How are my sins forgiven?
Bible Reference: Hearing the Word of God, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” – Ephesians 1:7, prepares me to receive my first Communion.
Belief Statement: Believing God’s offer of forgiveness, I receive God’s offer of forgiveness by faith in the death of Jesus for my sins.

Real: How is our understanding of real presence preparing me for my first Communion?
Bible Reference: Hearing Jesus’ words, “This is my body. This is my blood.” Matthew 26:26-28, prepares me to receive my first Communion.
Belief Statement: Believing Jesus’ words, I believe that God is really present with me when I take my first Communion within and under the bread I will eat and the wine I will drink.

Unity: How does forgiving the sins of others prepare me for my first Communion?
Biblical Reference: Hearing Jesus’ words, “poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” Matthew 26:28, prepares me to receive my first Communion.
Belief Statement: Believing Jesus’ words, I believe as Jesus has forgiven my sins I will prepare myself for my first Communion by forgiving the sins of others and seeking unity in the church.

Proclaim: What does it mean to proclaim the Lord’s death until he returns?
Biblical Reference: Hearing God’s word, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26, prepares me to receive my first Communion.
Belief Statement: Believing God’s word, I believe when I get out of my seat to take my first Communion I am proclaiming to everyone around me that I have put my faith in Jesus’ death for me.

Ready: What makes me worthy to take my first Communion?
Bible Reference: Hearing Jesus’ words, “This is my body and blood given to you for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28, prepares me to receive my first Communion.
Belief Statement: Believing Jesus’ words, I am worthy to take my first Communion because I trust that Jesus died personally for me.

Worship: How often should I take Communion?
•Hearing Jesus’ words, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24, prepares me to receive my first Communion.
•Believing Jesus’ words, I will receive Communion as often as I can during public worship in remembrance of Jesus death for me.