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In my opinion, the Lord's Supper is a sacrament instituted by Christ Himself, which He commanded His followers to repeat in the future to remind themselves of His ministry, and of the redemption that He had gained for those who were or would become His disciples through the sacrifice of His body, and the shedding of His blood. It is meant to be a part of the regular corporate worship that Christians are commanded to observe. Like baptism (which is also a sacrament), it is something that is meant to be a part of the Christian experience, and that Christians should not deliberately refuse, avoid, or shun. However, similar to baptism, it is not an absolute requirement (on a par with faith in Christ) as an essential prerequisite for salvation. Elevating it to that status would make salvation a product of both faith and works, contrary to Ephesians 2:8-9.
If we go by the bible, Luke 22:19 says "And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." This indicates that Jesus actually instructed his disciples (and all of us believers) to practise this ritual that we may remember how He sacrificed His life for our salvation. From this I conclude that yes, every Christian must partake of the body of Christ as He instructed.
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