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Summary: A comparison of Christ's sacrifice for our spiritual freedom with the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers for our national freedom. (This sermon is in "outline form." You will need to reformat the layout because of the way it appears on this site.)

Remember!

May 29, 2016

- Estimates of those who’ve died in service for our country vary widely

> Maybe as many as 1 ½ million have lost their lives over the years

> About 87% off all who have given their lives did so in the Civil War,

WWI, or WWII

> The Civil War, alone, accounted for 1/3 – 1/2 of all who have died

- Freedom is costly – and that cost is SACRIFICE

- Do we take time to remember this truth?

- Tomorrow is Memorial Day, but it is easy to forget what it means and

treat it as merely a “holiday” to celebrate

- As we remember those who sacrificed for our national freedom, let us

also remember Christ who sacrificed for our spiritual freedom

1. Remember the Cost

Read I Cor. 11:23-25

- This passage reminds us of the cost for our spiritual freedom

> Jesus sacrificed everything that we might live free as Christians

> Observing the Lord’s Table is a way to remember this sacrifice

> Christ’s body was “broken” for our spiritual freedom

> Christ’s blood was shed for our spiritual freedom

- This passage can also remind us of the cost of our national freedom

> Many sacrificed everything that we might live free as Americans

> Observing Memorial Day is a way to remember this sacrifice

> Many bodies have been “broken” for our national freedom

> Much blood has been shed for our national freedom

2. Remember the Command

Reread I Cor. 11:24b & 25b

- Jesus commanded His followers to remember His sacrifice

> His sacrifice still has the same value whether we remember it or not

> Just as it still has the same value if people refuse to recognize it

> To forget it does not diminish its value, but it does diminish its value in our own mines

> We run the risk of becoming ungrateful, assuming, complacent, and vulnerable (Give examples)

> Remembering His sacrifice is actually to OUR benefit

- We are NOT commanded to remember the sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our national freedom, but why wouldn’t we?

> Their sacrifice still has the same value whether we remember it or not

> To forget it does not diminish its value, but it does diminish its value in our own minds

> We run the risk of becoming ungrateful, assuming, complacent, and vulnerable (Give examples)

> Remembering their sacrifice is actually to OUR benefit

3. Remember the Communication

Read I Cor. 11:26

- When we remember Christ’s sacrifice, we communicate the value of His death

> It is not just communication; it is “proclamation” (announce, declare)

> This is a proclamation of the availability of spiritual freedom for all

- When we remember the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers, we communicate the value of their death

> It is not just communication; it is “proclamation” (announce, declare)

> This is a proclamation of the availability of individual freedom for all

4. Remember the Condition

Read I Cor. 11:27-32

- When partaking of the Lord’s Supper we must recognize His sacrifice

> If we don’t, we are partaking in an “unworthy manner”

> If we don’t, we are guilty of sinning against Christ’s body and blood

> To partake correctly requires self-examination

> Not to do so will result in judgment

>> Notice the clear examples of the judgment we can expect

>> Have you ever been a recipient of this judgment?

- When celebrating Memorial Day we should recognize the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers

> If we don’t, we are celebrating in an “unworthy manner”

> If we don’t, we are guilty of wronging their memory

>> Remember how the fallen and the returning Vietnam warriors were treated by so many in our country

> To celebrate appropriately requires self-examination

> Not to do so might result in judgment

>> It may result in negative consequences for us individually

>> It may result in negative consequences for our nation

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