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Series: Discipling Into Christ
1 Corinthians 11:23-11:34
OPEN: Priscilla Larson, of Lexington, Massachutsetts, tells of the time her brother-in-law (a preacher) had been away from home one afternoon donating his blood at the Red Cross.
The preacher's son was a little concerned when his father didn't come home by the time he usually did, and the boy asked his mother, "Is Dad going around visiting all the sick people?"
His mother replied, "No honey, he's giving blood."
The paused in thought for a moment and then said: "But we know it's really grape juice, don't we Mom?"
APPLY: This boy knew that the communion cup represented the blood of Jesus and he had grown so used to the Lord's Supper and what meant to his family that the very mention of "blood" reminded him of that part of Worship.
I. Paul is telling us here in I Corinthians 11:23-25 that Jesus wanted us to make communion so much a part of our worship experience that whenever we do it we should remember Jesus and what He did for us.
"Do this in remembrance of me."
Over the past few weeks we've been dealing with what's called the "Great Commission" out of Matthew 28. "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…"
Part of "Discipling" is to teach others to observe everything that He has commanded us.
Could communion be part of that "Discipling process?"
II. Jesus declared that whenever we take of the bread and of the cup, we remember Him.
Why would we have to "remember" Him?
Is it possible, that we might forget Him? I'm not sure, but I don't know if it's so much possible to "forget" Him as it is to forget WHO He was and WHAT He did.
In a lot of churches, Jesus is seen as a nice man, a great teacher, a powerful example. "BUT HEY", this Cross thing. This blood and sacrifice. It just doesn't seem to appeal.
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