What Do We Lose When We Fake It by Just Playing Church? (4 of 5) by John Barnett

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What Do We Lose When We Fake It by Just Playing Church? (4 of 5)
John Barnett
I Corinthians 10:16-17

For a moment think of Jesus with me--Jesus founded His Church, purchased His Church, and now ever lives for His Church. Jesus is all about the Church. And what is Christ's complete focus at present? He is building His Church.

So Christ's priority, Christ's focus, Christ's activities are all centered upon the Church. That is where the action is. That is what is important to Him.

Now for a moment think of us who are here--Jesus loved us, bought us, saved and cleansed us--and now He wants us to focus our attention on what He thinks is worthy of all His attention--His Church.

How are you doing at building your life, your priorities, your schedule, your time, your investments around what Jesus says is MOST IMPORTANT--His Church?

The reason I am asking you that is that our Lord Jesus Christ says we lose something when we are not engaged in what He thinks is most important.

To help us keep His focus, Jesus left His Church an ordinance (definition: an authoritative command or order).

What are we gathered to celebrate this morning?

The Lord's Table, the Lord's Supper or--what is that other word we most often use for this celebration? The word we use is Communion, right?

Turn with me to the only place in the Bible where what we are doing this morning is called communion, and that is 1st Corinthians 10:16. Look with me at the two times the word communion is used and just exactly what that word means.

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion (Gk. koinonia) of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion (Gk. koinonia) of the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16 NKJV)

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16 NIV)

Is not the cup of blessing which w ...


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