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Communion!

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Sunday Message: Communion!

 

 Jesus started the tradition of communion.

He instructed His followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was going to make when He died for our sins on the cross. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

Jesus called Himself “the bread of life,” which means that we’re nourished by Him, we survive because of Him, and He satisfies us when everything else leaves us empty. (John 6:48-51)

There’s a connection between our nearness to Jesus, believing in Him, and being fulfilled by Him. (John 6:35)

Taking communion doesn’t make one a Christian.

It doesn’t save one’s soul or get one to heaven.

God actually warns us about taking communion without considering what it means and why we’re doing it.

The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why He did it. (1 Corinthians 11:27-31)

It’s not about the bread and wine;

it’s about the body and blood of Jesus.

It’s not about the ritual or the method;

it’s about listening to Jesus and doing what He says.

Communion is not an obligation, but a celebration.

Communion celebrates the Gospel.

Jesus was broken for us so that we can be fixed by Him.

Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God. (1 Peter 3:18)

It’s not about a ritual to revere, but a person to worship.

Jesus is less concerned about the method of celebrating communion and more concerned that we celebrate it.

As often as we remember Jesus, we should celebrate Jesus.

Christian Believers, the purpose of Communion -
 

  • To commemorate the death of Christ: "This do in remembrance of me."

 

  • To signify, seal, and apply to believers all the benefits of the new covenant.

 

In this ordinance Christ ratifies his promises to his people, and they on their part solemnly consecrate themselves to him and to his entire service.

 

  • To be a badge of the Christian profession.

 

  • To indicate and to promote the communion of believers with Christ.

 

  • To represent the mutual communion of believers with each other.

 

In John 6:48-51, Jesus says, “I am that bread of life.

Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

HALLELUJAH!!!

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

Pastor Jeff

 

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