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Summary: Paul instructed, “You cannot partake of the Table of the Lord, and the table of demons.”… Sincerity is called for and Hypocrisy is to be dispelled.

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“the Lord’s Supper”

Pastor Allan Kircher SPBC

October 16th 2011

INTRODUCTION:

1. Psalm 96:9; John 4:24

Worship is an eternally important and challenging subject.

 To be performed so as to please God.

 “Worship IS ACTION!

 Is not associated with passiveness

 it is not sitting around waiting for something to happen to us.

In worship we participate, we are active and involved.

• In worship God is present and we respond in …

As we begin to focus on the acts of worship today, we will begin with the Lord’s Supper.

But, first, let us consider a few items as an introduction:

The Lord’s Supper is variously designated in the NT as: “Breaking of Bread” (Acts 2:42), “To Break Bread” (Acts 20:7); “The Lord’s Table” (1 Corinthians 10) and “The Communion” (1 Corinthians 10:16).

The Lord’s Supper is a very important action in the Lord’s Day worship.

• However, nowhere is it said to be the most important item of worship.

• The Lord’s Supper belongs in the assembly and is to be eaten together (1 Corinthians 11:20ff).

Message:

I. The Lord’s Supper is Discernment.1 Corinthians 11:27-29.

 “discern” literally meaning to “look through”

People use microscopes and telescopes to bring into view something otherwise invisible.

• We look through them to discern these objects.

• The Lord’s Supper is intended by God to bring before us in clear spiritual vision our Savior and His sacrifice.

• Unfortunately, It is human nature to forget.

The Greeks used to say that “time wipes all things out of memory”

 As if the mind were a writing slate and time were the eraser.

 Memory can play tricks on us unless something is done to keep it straight.

 At times, facts are only partially remembered /confused.

So, it is the place and significance of the Lord’s Supper to keep our memory clear, straight, and focused.

• What we discern serves as an anchor to our faith.

• As we discern in this action of worship:

 We are connected to the past.

 We are given meaning for the present.

 And, we are inspired with hope for the future.

It was because of the Corinthians’ immaturity in failing to discern to look through, the Lord’s Body, that Paul urged them to partake worthily.

 This does not refer to the person being worthy.

 It is an adverb – it refers to the manner taken.

 The warning: Any careless, thoughtless participation at the Lord’s table is a failure to discern.

II. The Lord’s Supper is an Act of Separation

1 Corinthians 10:21.

The Lord’s Supper reminds us who we are and whose we are.

 We have been called and chosen in Christ 2 Thessalonians 2:14

 There has been a separation from the world and reconciliation to God (Ephesians 2:16).

As we partake of the Lord’s Supper we examine ourselves.


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