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The Lord's Supper


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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" 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 illness. There was a problem with her kidneys. The doctors told my father that she needed a blood transfusion immediately or she would not live through the night. Grandmotherís blood type was AB negative, a very rare type. In those days there were no blood banks like there are today. No one in the family had that type blood and the hospital had not been able to find anyone with that rare type. The Doctor gave our family little hope. My Dad decided to head home for a little while to change clothes and then return for the inevitable good-byes. As my father was driving home he passed a soldier in uniform hitchhiking. Deep in grief, my father was not going to stop. But something compelled him to pull over. The soldier climbed in but my father never spoke. He just continued driving down the road toward home. The soldier could tell my father was upset as a tear ran down his cheek. The soldier asked about the tear. My father began telling the stranger that his mother was going to die because the hospital couldnít find anyone who could donate AB negative blood. My father explained that he was just heading home to change clothes. That is when he noticed the soldierís open hand holding
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