Before approaching the Lord’s Table to commune intimately with Christ and His people, the Scriptures call each believer to engage in personal preparation and self-examination (1 Cor. 11:27-32). Our Larger Catechism (#171) describes this God-ordained exercise in the following terms:
They that receive the sacrament of the Lord’s supper are, before they come, to prepare themselves thereunto, by examining themselves of their being in Christ, of their sins and wants; of the truth and measure of their knowledge, faith, repentance; love to God and the brethren, charity to all men, forgiving those that have done them wrong; of their desires after Christ, and of their new obedience, and by renewing the exercise of these graces, by serious meditation, and fervent prayer.
In order to assist communicants in their heartfelt self-examination, our pastor includes a communion preparation handout in our bulletin each month. Links to these handouts are available below.