C hu r ch Ac t ions 53 it, we are reminded of Christ’s life, his death, his ­resurrection, and his promise to come again. 70 The Lord’s Supper is a meal of communion with Christ, for while eating it with his disciples, Jesus said, “This is my body.…This is my blood.” He also said: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” By partaking of the bread and wine, we renew our covenant of baptism, giving ourselves to Jesus in full surrender and declaring our readiness to suffer and die for him. We believe that he himself will be present among us with his power to heal the sick, forgive sins, and drive out evil. 71 The Lord’s Supper is a meal of unity. Together we declare ourselves united under God’s judgment and mercy. In this meal, the church is set apart from every other body and association. The early church taught that only those who are baptized, tested in daily life, and united in fellowship with the church community should take part.* Out of the same reverence, we also celebrate the Lord’s Supper only with those who have received believer’s baptism, who affirm the same confession of faith, and with whom there is peace and unity. If before this meal we become aware of anything that stands between us and God or between us and brothers and * Didache, 9.5, 14.1–3 (ca. ad 60–110); Justin Martyr, First Apology, chapter 66 (ca. ad 151–155). Matt 26:26–28; 1 Cor 10:16 John 6:56 John 12:24–25; Col 1:24 John 14:11–14 1 Cor 10:17; 11:33–34 1 Cor 10:16–22; 11:27–32