Taking Communion Unworthily

AUTHOR: Bill Gorman

Campus Pastor - Brookside

Take time to reread the scripture passage from Sunday (Luke 22). Review your notes from the sermon. What is God bringing back to mind from His Word? Listen and watch as Bill Gorman, Campus Pastor at our Brookside Campus, adds one more nuance we wish we could have shared on Sunday.

In Luke chapter 22, we witnessed Jesus’ institution of communion, but what does it mean to take communion unworthily? If you’ve been around the church for any length of time you’ve probably wondered about this. 



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  1. Mary Mayabb

    I’ve never heard this explained so well before! In fact, being raised Catholic, it was just the opposite of Bill’s message. Thank you for clearing up a confusing issue!

    • Bill Gorman

      You’re welcome, Mary! So glad you’re a part of this with us!

  2. Emile Hong

    Sometimes if communion is taken while there is known unresolved conflict with another person, there can be guilt. If there is no time to attempt to resolve the conflict before communion, should the person skip the communion at this time (just this one time)?

    • Bill Gorman

      Great question, Emile! In Matthew 5 in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says:

      21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.“(ESV)

      The context here is not just limited specifically to communion/Lord’s Supper but broadly relates to not being angry with and hating our brothers and sisters in Jesus’s family. Jesus’ point is we cannot claim to love God while hating our brothers and sisters (1 John 4:20). In other words, Jesus is saying you can’t separate worship of God from love of neighbor.

      So ought we refrain from taking communion if we have a conflict with a fellow believer? Perhaps. But I think Jesus would say don’t just refrain from taking communion but we willing to drop anything and everything to be reconciled.


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