Elements of the Sacrament
Since the Lord commands us to
partake of the Holy Communion according to his example, it is important to use
the same elements that the Lord used--bread and drink made from the fruit of
the vine (grape juice; see Matthew 26:29).
The bread used should not contain
any yeast. That is why the bread in the Passover meal was called the
"unleavened bread." Nor should the drink undergo any fermentation,
because the Lord used grape juice, not wine, during the last supper. Yeast
represents sin (1 Corinthians 5:8), false teachings (Matthew 16:6,12), and hypocrisy (Luke 12:1). Therefore it must not be
found in the Communion.
There is to be only one bread and
one cup regardless of the size of the congregation. "Because there is one
bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread"
(1 Corinthians ).