Summary: This week we examine why Christians take communion.
• SLIDE #1
• The first time you walked into a church, when time for Communion, what was running through your mind?
• I was raised in a tradition where you had to get in a long, LONG line and walk up to the Priest who would put this wafer in your mouth and would give you a drink from a large cup of WINE!
• Honestly, today I do not know if I could do that. Nothing against you all, but I do not think I could drink out of the same cup as everyone else.
• We are in the midst of our series, Why Do We Do That? Today we are going to examine why we take Communion.
• Do you know that Communion has been a source of division within Christianity as well as a source of confusion for those outside of the church?
• In the early Church, in the passage we are going to spend the bulk of our time in this morning, had some divisions and stresses related to Communion.
• When Rome burned under Nero, some folks such as Tacitus, implied that Nero burned Rome himself, so Nero blamed the Christians for the fire because “These early Christians were believed to be practicing human sacrifice and cannibalism (communion). http://www.unrv.com/early-empire/nero-christians.php
• Churches throughout time have fought over the type of bread used, the number of cups used, how often are we called to take it, as well as the age old question, juice or wine.
• Today we are going to explain why we take communion, we will not dive into all the disputes over the centuries concerning communion, but rather we will examine three areas concerning communion that will help us to understand why we take communion each week at FCC.
• Let’s begin by turning to 1 Corinthians 11:23-29. We will begin with verse 23.
• SLIDE #2
• 1 Corinthians 11:23 (HCSB) For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread,
• SLIDE #3
I. The genesis of Communion. 23
• For the longest time I thought the Passover celebrated in the Old Testament as Communion in the New Testament were kind of one in the same.
• There are a lot of similarities and differences between the two celebrations.
• Passover- In the old age of the and the prophets- L.S.- In the new age of the Kingdom.
• P- Was the great festival meal of people. L.S.-Is to be the new celebratory God’s meal of God’s people.
• P- They remembered the Passover sacrifice, the exodus from Egypt, the new beginning for covenant people. L.S. - To remember the sacrificial of Jesus, bringing freedom from sin, the new covenant of the Spirit.
• P- By participating, Jews associated themselves with this salvation and covenant. L.S.- By participating, Jesus’ followers associate with his redemption and covenant.
• P- Looking back to the exodus and forward to God’s salvation. L.S.- Looking back to the cross and forward to the Kingdom.
• Paul explains that on the night He was betrayed, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it.