The Lord's Supper
1 Corinthians 11:1-2, 17-30
INTRO: This evening's message is not a very long message, however, it is a very important message. Tonight, before we come together around the Lord's Table, I want to share with you what the Bible has to say about this very important part of the Christian life, so if you will, take God's Word and be finding your place at 1st Corinthians 11:1.
And while you are finding your place there, let me just tell you this. There are a lot of misunderstandings and misuses of the Lord's Supper in the church today. And if there ever was anything that you don't want to take lightly or handle irreverently, it is The Lord's Supper.
Now before we look here at what Paul has to say about the Lord's Supper, I want to share with you generally the three types of people in regards to the Lord's Supper.
There are those who misunderstand the Lord's Supper. There are those people who believe in what is called Transubstantiation. Now that simply is a forty dollar word that means that when you take the bread and you take the juice that it literally becomes the body and the blood of the lord Jesus Christ in your body. Now there is only one thing wrong with that, its wrong.
I mean, think about it. If every time you took The Lord's Supper, the bread and the juice became the literal body and the blood of Jesus inside of you, that would mean that every time there was a Lord's Supper anywhere, Jesus would have to die all over again.
Listen, Jesus only died one time. Jesus only paid the sacrifice one time, and to say that every time you eat The Lord's Supper, that the bread and the juice literally become the body and the bones of our savior, would be placing Jesus on the cross again.
But then there are those who believe in what's called Consubstantiation. You say, "Pastor, what in the world is 'Consubstantiation?" Well, consubstantiation means that the juice and the bread becomes the blood and the body ...
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