Summary: Think about all that we have in common with the first disciples. We share the same fellowship, forgiveness, future and the same call to follow Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper Service
Sermon by Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - March 28, 2010
Welcome and Invitation to Participate:
-As we observe the Lord’s Supper tonight, remember that the Lord’s Supper is for everyone who has received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. So, if you know Jesus, we invite you to share.
Meet and Greet
“There Is Power in the Blood” (191)
“Let Us Break Bread Together” (323)
Special Music “There Is a Fountain” Sanctuary Choir
Scripture Reading and Devotion: Picture the scene on the night before the cross. Jesus was gathered with His disciples to introduce the Lord’s Supper we are about to take. Matthew 26:26-30 tells us that:
26. As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body.''
27. Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
28. "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29. "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom.''
30. And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
*Think about all that we have in common with these first disciples.
1. We share fellowship.
*There they were -- gathered together with Jesus, and so are we. Yes it was a night of troubles, but they were sharing their troubles together, and so can we. There is a special bond between us, because we belong to Jesus.
*One of the most high and holy times I ever had in Ukraine was the Lord’s Supper service we had at the children’s camp in Kaniv. We were upstairs from the craft room that afternoon. Junk and dirty clothes were scattered everywhere around the room. Some people sat on rough benches, some sat on the floor, and many stood around the edge of the room. I gave my testimony that day, Pastor Sergei preached, and then we took the Lord’s Supper.
*I had almost nothing in common with those people. We spoke a different language. We lived on opposite sides of the world. Most of them had grown up in poverty under the heavy hand of Communist oppression. I grew up with most everything I ever wanted, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
*We had nothing in common, -- but we had everything in common, because of Jesus. As Christians, we share fellowship.
2. And we share forgiveness.
*In vs. 27&28, Jesus gave them the cup and said, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission (the forgiveness, pardon, freedom and deliverance) of sins.
*Jesus was about to die on the cross for our sins, and He did die so that all of our sins might be forgiven. Tonight we remember that Jesus gave His life, so that we could be forgiven. He took the death penalty for our sins. Christians, we share forgiveness.
3. And we share the future.
*In vs. 29, Jesus said: “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom.” What a future we have together, because of Jesus!
4. But as Christians we also share the same call to follow.
*In vs. 30, they “sang a hymn” and followed Jesus “out to the Mount of Olives.” God’s call on all of our lives is to follow Jesus, so we sing hymns like “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go.” Every day our goal should be to follow Jesus more and more. And tonight we are here to follow His command to remember Him in the Lord’s Supper.
*The Apostle Paul told us how to do it in 1 Corin 11:23-32:
23. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24. and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.''
25. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.''
26. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
27. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.