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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Back to the Basics, The Lord’s Supper

praying marinesI know that if you are visiting our blog today (04 July 2014) and you see that the guy posting is a retiree from our nation’s premier fighting force; you would expect to see a patriotic post extolling the virtues of all things American. I must admit in most cases you would probably be right but lately I have been giving much more thought to my citizenship in Heaven as the church I serve (Stansbury Park Baptist Church) has been going through a Sunday School series on membership in the local church. And in the same way that as Americans we participate in  activities to celebrate being American there is at least one activity of the local church which I believe celebrates our being Christians.… Continue reading

The Church as Community: Expressed through the Ordinances

theLordsSupperYesterday at church I heard a great message by Nathan Busenitz on Ecclesiastes 11-12. After the message we celebrated communion and it was a great reminder of the Church as community. We celebrate many things as the covenant community when we participate in communion and also in baptism. Both are expressions of the covenant community to the world. The Lord’s Supper is an expression of celebration and baptism is an expression of the gospel to the world. This blog is a follow up to The Church as Community.

 

The Lord’s Supper: The Community Celebrates Christ Together

Christ Himself established the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of Jesus giving Himself up for us which is done in remembrance of Him (Luke 22:19).… Continue reading