The Three-Fold Testimony of the Lord's Supper
Sermon shared by Dave Mcfadden
Summary: The observance of the Lord’s supper testifies to three important truths.
Audience: General adults
GOSPEL = God’s Only Son Provided Eternal Life
2. It testifies to the importance of personal faith - vs. 26-27
Just as everyone receives nourishment through eating and drinking, everyone receives forgiveness of sin and eternal life through faith in Christ. Jesus used eating and drinking as an illustration of faith.
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” - John 6:54 (NIV)
You see, faith, like eating and drinking, is something that no one deserves any credit for. Just like everyone eats and drinks, the Bible tells us that we all have faith.
“God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” - Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
Eating, in and of itself, does not guarantee proper nourishment. What guarantees proper nourishment is WHAT I EAT. Likewise, faith, in and of itself, does not guarantee I have a right relationship with God. What guarantees I have a right relationship with God is WHO I PLACE MY FAITH IN.
Faith must be placed in the right object if we are to have a right relationship with God, and the only proper object of our faith is Jesus. It is Jesus, not our faith, that has the power to save; but when faith is placed in Him, salvation is the result.
“We are justified not merely by faith, but by faith in Christ; not because of what faith is, but because of what faith lays hold of and receives.” - Dr. Joel R. Beeke, “Justification by Faith Alone”
“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” - Romans 3:22 (NLT)
Faith is “Forsaking All I Trust Him.”
“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us - set us right with him, make us fit for him - we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand - out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” - Romans 5:1-2 (The Message)
3. It testifies to the promise of our Lord’s return - v. 29
We would understand our Lord to be referring to the day of His return to eternally establish His kingdom - a day in which all the saints of God will celebrate His coming at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” - Revelation 19:6-9 (CEV)
A preacher was approached by a group of skeptics following a sermon on the second coming of Christ. They objected to his sermon by saying, we just can’t get that out of the New Testament. He replied, “Praise
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