Self-Examination and the Lord’s Supper

In just a couple of days at our Good Friday service, our church will be remembering the death of Christ once again by eating and drinking together in the Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is a time for Christians to remember the death of our Lord in a unique way as one family purchased by his blood.  It’s a time for local Christian churches to re-calibrate themselves around the reality that through Jesus’ substitutionary death, he secured the forgiveness of sins and right standing with God for us.

In preparing to observe this ordinance, I often reflect upon the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11, where he warns a young, sin-tolerant, and immature church against eating and drinking the Lord’s Supper in an “unworthy manner.”  There he writes:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you.

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Preach Like You Love Christ

from the pulpitThere is a pure motivation for the man who preaches biblically, and why he is wholeheartedly committed to its foremost priority during corporate worship. Indeed, every man of God worth his grain of salt throughout church history has unanimously affirmed the priority to preach. The Puritans were particularly men who were known to be vigorous students of God’s Word, aggressive readers, and prolific writers. But more than anything else, they were known for their preaching. In fact, when the Puritans came to the American colonies, finally having the opportunity to worship freely, apart from the liturgical corruption of the Anglican Church of England.… Continue reading