THREEFOLD COMMUNION

// bread & cup. foot washing. love feast.

// what is threefold communion?

The history behind threefold communion comes directly from John 13. Here, we find Jesus sharing his final meal, “The Last Supper”, with his disciples. It is through Jesus’ example in this passage that we find all 3 elements of the threefold communion that we practice today. We seek to honor Jesus, celebrate the Gospel as His faithful servants, and remember the amazing gift of salvation through Jesus; past, present, and future.

// past.

When we remember the cross of Jesus through the bread & cup, we remember the sacrificial death of Jesus for our sins.

When Jesus cried “it is finished” from the cross, He offered freedom to anyone who would accept His forgiveness for their sin. He took the punishment that we deserved. This is called justification.

“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you.[a] Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.” – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NLT

// present.

When we wash someone’s feet, we symbolize the “present” stage of our salvation, where daily cleansing of sin is often necessary as we recognize our sin, humble ourselves before God, and confess it to Him. This represents sanctification.

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” -1 John 1:9 NLT

// future.

The love feast if a beautiful symbol of our yet future salvation, when we will be blessed to live free from the presence of sin in the presence of The LORD. Revelation 19 sets up this much anticipated “Feast” this way:

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. 8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.” -Revelation 19:7-9 NLT


// host a love feast.

The “Love Feast” portion of communion looks forward to the final aspect of salvation, called glorification. Jesus is pictured as the groom, and His church is His bride. With this in mind, it doesn’t matter if your love feast is over pizza & wings, or a 7-course meal. The important thing is to celebrate Jesus and the glory of salvation – past, present, and future. When you pause together for your “feast”, here are some suggested topics & Scriptures that could generate hopeful discussion in anticipation of this future meal with our Savior.


// start a conversation.

We are for the one.

For the one God, for His one Church, and for the one that is lost.