by Ernest Easley

Sharing in the Supper
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 10-11
January 5, 2003

Tonight... we are Sharing in the Supper. But before
we do... look with me to 1 Corinthians chapter 10.

No where in the scripture are we told to remember the
resurrection though we do and we should. We are
commanded though to remember the cross.

Now why would the Bible instruct us to remember the
cross and not that empty tomb? I'll tell you why:
because the Lord Jesus knew we wouldn't have any
trouble remembering resurrection morning. And at the
same time... He knew that we would tend to forget the
cruel cross of calvary.

The cross wasn't pleasant... but rather... painful and
it reminds us that we are sinners saved by grace. And
so tonight... beginning in 1 Corinthians 10.16... we
find several practical principles to follow when it
comes to Sharing in the Supper.

(1) This is a time for Participation.

1 Corinthians 10.16-17, "The cup of blessing which we
bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?
The bread which we break, is it not the communion of
the body of Christ? For we, being many, are one bread
and one body; for we all partake of that one bread."

What is this "cup of blessing" that Paul is talking
about in verse 16? It is the giving of thanks! And
looking back over 2002 and looking ahead to 2003... we
have so much to give thanks for!

Individually and Collectively... give Him thanks!
Thanks for your salvation! Thanks for His
forgiveness! Thanks for His faithfulness! Thanks for
His goodness! "Every good gift and every perfect gift
is from above, and comes down from the Father of
lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of
turning" (James 1.17).

Verse 16, "... is it not the communion of the blood of
Christ?" The word "communion" is the Greek word
Koinonia. It speaks of having something in common...
it speaks of participation... to fellowship in.

Paul's saying ...

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