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The Lord's Supper

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Sermon shared by Jason Jones

July 2008
Summary: Exposition of 1 Cor 11:23-34 regarding the Supper
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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renouncing our selfishness (v. 33-34)
1. Having remembered the death of the Lord, and examined themselves, Paul told the Corinthians to begin behaving like Christians should. This is diametrically opposed to the behaviors described in verses 17-22. Caring for one another. Focusing not on what you get out of it, but about the body and its health.
2. Phil 2:3, 1 Cor 1:10. Luke 19:8,
3. Illustration: Andrew Murray, whose devotional books are still popular nearly a century after his death, said this: It is when we face ourselves and face Christ, that we are lost in wonder, love and praise. We need to rediscover the almost lost discipline of self-examination; and then a re-awakened sense of sin will beget a reawakened sense of wonder. "Self-examination Questions for Spiritual People." And he meant that we should ask ourselves these questions each and every day! 1. Did I awake spiritual, and was I watchful in keeping my mind from wandering this morning when I was rising? 2. Have I this day got nearer to God in times of prayer, or have I given way to a lazy, idle spirit? 3. Has my faith been weakened by unwatchfulness, or quickened by diligence this day? 4. Have I this day walked by faith and eyed God in all things? 5. Have I denied myself in all unkind words and thoughts? Have I delighted in seeing others preferred before me? 6. Have I made the most of my precious time, as far as I had light, strength, and opportunity? 7. Have I kept the issues of my heart in the means of grace, so as to profit by them? 8. What have I done this day for the souls and bodies of Godís dear saints? 9. Have I laid out anything to please myself when I might have saved the money for the cause of God? 10. Have I governed well my tongue this day, remembering that in a multitude of words there wanteth not sin? 11. In how many instances have I denied myself? 12. Do my life and conversation adorn the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
4. We must realize that it is not all about us! Itís about Him. We should use this time to look for ways that we can contribute to the overall health of the body of Christ. We should consider the mission statement and our purpose. Remind ourselves that we are in a war for our own souls and those of our families, neighbors, friends, and coworkers. Looking for ways to serve. Looking for ways to use your spiritual gifts. Looking for ways to build up one another. Looking for ways to show support to the body. Looking for ways to change your behavioral patterns to reflect Christ, and what He wants for the church, and not yourself, and what you want for the church. This should be a time for strengthening unity in the body by unifying around a vision, around goals, around the Word, and around Christ.




A. Closing illustration: ďIn 1949, my father had just returned from the war. On every highway you could see soldiers in uniform hitchhiking home to their families. The thrill of the reunion with his family was soon overshadowed by my grandmotherís
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