Summary: Some will forget 9/11 2001 but the church can never forget the Lords Table, what we need to remember.
1st Corinthians 11:23-26
On Thursday, September 20, 2001, President George W. Bush gave this much-anticipated speech, here are some excerpts.
“On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars, but for the past 136 years they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning.
Americans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians.
All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack…”
“…Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.
It is my hope that in the months and years ahead life will return almost too normal. We’ll go back to our lives and routines, and that is good.
Even grief recedes with time and grace.
But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire or story or rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.”
Lest We Forget:
Any church or group of people who abandon, forget, or neglect that which is central to our faith, that church will become a dead, lifeless form. It may look something like a church. It may retain the outward form of godliness, the appearance of Christianity. But the life of God will be gone. Only an empty reminder of what once was will be left.
This morning hundreds of groups like ours are meeting across this city and country. They all call themselves “church.” In many cases these churches are filled with people who love God, worship the Lord in spirit and truth, and enjoy His presence like we do. But there are other churches that are nothing but a religious shell. The form of Christianity may seem to be there. But God’s not there, the conviction of the Holy Spirit is not there, the refreshing of the Holy Spirit is not there, the power of God is not present to heal and to save. It’s a dead shell clinging to where it was when it died.
What happened? In many cases they abandoned the essentials of the faith for what they considered to be more interesting, more practical, more helpful, and more acceptable to visitors. Their message is how to succeed in life and have it your way, Just like Burger King.
What has happened to them?
Where did they go wrong?
What have they forgotten?
Like some today they have forgotten the past. Like Sept 11, 2001. How do I know they forgot, just by listening to them, why are we at war? Why are we still there? Why is the president doing this? THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN WHY!!!
In the church today we must never forget the past! What Jesus did for us. It says:
The teaching that I gave you is the same teaching that I received from the Lord: On the night when Jesus was handed over to be killed, he took bread and gave thanks for it. Then he broke the bread and said, “This is my body; it is for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, after they ate, Jesus took the cup. He said, “This cup shows the new agreement from God to his people. This new agreement begins with the blood of my death. When you drink this, do it to remember me.” Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you show others about the Lord’s death until he comes. (NIV children’s 1st Corinth. 11:23B-26)