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In Spirit and Truth
Embracing a Life of Worship
The Lord’s Day
The 5 Acts of Encouragement
Building up the Body
Has a Vertical Focus
Has a Horizontal Focus
the Lord’s Supper?
The Early Church’s Practice
Scripture and History
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body."
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.
"This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," he said to them. "I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God."
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
(see also Mat 26.26-29, Luke22.14-20)
“On the day called Sunday…when we cease from our prayer, bread is presented and wine and water. The ‘president’ in the same manner sends up prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people sing out their assent, saying the “Amen.” A distribution and participation of the elements for which thanks have been given to each person is shared.”
This is taken from the earliest recorded Christian assembly, written by Justin Martyr, c.150 AD.
Justin Martyr, 1 Apology 67
Over time, a rich tradition of fellowship can devolve into the poor substitute of ‘ritual.’
‘Ritualization’ of the Lord’s Supper can strip it of it’s meaning and purpose, leaving only ‘The Lowest Common Denominator.’
The Corinthian Problem
Your meetings do more harm than good.
1 Corinthians 11:17
I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you.
1 Corinthians 11:18
When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk.
1 Corinthians 11:20-21
The Corinthian Problem:
They Came Together Divided
Do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing?
1 Corinthians 11:22
“Becoming Rigid and Isolated”
“Choosing to be isolated”
“Just ME and God(?)”
The Lord’s Supper
A man ought to examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks the cup.
1 Corinthians 11:28
Anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
1 Corinthians 11:29
So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.
1 Corinthians 11:33
Is it possible to
‘Do this in Remembrance of Me’
Without Imitating Him?
Jesus Gave Himself up for You!
Are You Giving
Yourself up for Others?
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? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Worship is your life