Summary: The challenge to receiving the redemption of the curse begins with believing and obedience to God's word.
January 1, 2017
Subject: Redeemed From the Curse of the Law
Title: Redeemed From Wrong Thinking – Redeemed Part 6
This morning we continue in our series Redeemed from the Curse. And we also are celebrating communion as the Body of Christ.
Communion is so intricately entwined with the things we have been talking about for the last six weeks.
In communion there are three parts really…
1. We reflect on how we might have blocked the blessing from coming by sin in our lives and we ask the Lord to forgive us our sin as we confess to Him…
2. We remember the redemptive work of the cross and how Jesus became a curse for us so that we might receive the blessings of Abraham…
3. We proclaim Jesus’ return to gather those whom He has redeemed…
Before we get into our sermon about how we are redeemed from an unsound mind let’s take the time to worship the Lord through communion and thank Him for the blessing we have received and how much we are blessed…
1 Corinthians 11:28-32 (NIV2011)
28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.
30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.
32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.
Taking communion without self-examination and repentance will keep you from receiving the blessing…
1 Corinthians 11:23-24 (NIV2011)
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,
24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
Jesus, hung on a cross to become the curse so that we wouldn’t be cursed… We are Blessed!
1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV2011)
25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
1 Corinthians 10:16 (NKJV)
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
The Cup of Blessing…
1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV2011)
26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:9 (NKJV)
9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
I believe this is God’s word…
I believe it is for me…
I accept it as mine
I will appropriate it to my life today…
Are you blessed this morning?
Everywhere I turn in the bible, when I’m going through my daily readings or preparing for a sermon or something in the daily devotional, it all points to what we have been talking about for the last month and a half.
God’s desire for us is to be blessed. Now we are around people every day at work, in our families, our neighbors, who really don’t have a clue about this and we constantly are bombarded with words of cursing instead of the blessing. Turn on the news – curses. Read the newspaper or magazines… wars and rumors of wars… famine, destruction, global warming… and that is just before you have your morning coffee. And we often get so caught up in these things that without even knowing it we begin to believe them. Are these things curses or blessing?
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (NKJV)
1 "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
Oh do you see this? God’s desire for you is to be blessed.
Deuteronomy 28:15 (NKJV)
15 "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: