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									                       Christmas Communion
                   The Message and the Meaning
I Cor. 11:26 – “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do
shew the Lord’s death till He come.”
   1. The first Sunday of our Christmas Communion we talked about the
        bread and the wine. No leaven in the bread, no fermentation in
        the fruit of the vine, or wine.
   2. Today, we talk about the Message and the Meaning.
           a. What we are saying and
           b. Why we are sharing.
The Message and the Meaning of Communion is:
   I.      Continuation – “…as often as…” answers the question “what
           would it take to make us grow? What would it take to develop
           our discipleship?
           a. Communion assumes a
                   i. Power to start, to begin, to change.
                         1. I. Cor. 1:18 – “For the preaching of the cross is to
                            them that perish foolishness, but unto us which
                            are saved, it is the power of God.”
                         2. I. Cor. 1:23, 24 – “But we preach Christ
                            crucified…the power and the wisdom of God.”
                         3. Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the
                            gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto
                            salvation to everyone that believeth.
                  ii. Presences to stay, build, continue.
                         1. II Peter 1:16 (Montgomery) – “We were not
                            following cunningly devised fables when we told
                            you of the power and the presence of our Lord
                            Jesus Christ.”
                      2. Matt. 28:20 – “…and, lo (surely), I am with you
                            always, even unto the end of the world (age).
                      3. Heb. 13:5 – “…for He hath said, I will never leave
                            thee, nor forsake thee…”
“…as often as…” continuing – He renews the power and the presence.
  II.    Cooperation – “as ye…” – togetherness is the key
                i. I Cor. 11:17 – “…that ye come together.” Verse 18 –
                   “when ye come together…” Verse 20 – “when ye
                   come together.”
               ii. Answers the questions “What would it take to make us
                   connect? Fellowship? Come together closer?
               iii. I Cor. 10:17 (NIV) – “Because there is one loaf, we, who
                   are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one
                   loaf.”
  III.   Celebration – “As ye eat…and drink…”
         a. Answers the question “What would it take to make us rejoice?
                i. I Cor. 10:16 – “The cup of blessing…is it not the
                   communion of the blood of Christ…?”
               ii. Blessing: To “praise”, “speak well of”, “invoke prosperity
                   on”,
               iii. Not a fast – a feast. A time to rejoice!
         b. Joy is an inside job.
                i. Not a result of outer situation – but an inner salvation
               ii. Not response to external stimuli, but an inner source.
                   John 15:11 – “These things have I spoken unto you, and
                   that your joy might be full.”
               iii. It is why the world can’t press us into its mold.
               iv. No need to conform or collapse – “Greater is He that is
                   in you”.
      c. To rejoice is a choice! Paul seemed to think that we could
         “rejoice on command/demand”
            i. Phil 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again, I say,
               rejoice.”
            ii. I Thess. 5:16 – “Rejoice evermore.”
           iii. I Peter 1:8 (NIV) – “Though you have not seem Him, you
               love Him, and even though you do not see Him now,
               you believe in Him and are filled with an “inexpressible
               and glorious joy.”
           iv. Communion is a time to eat, drink, enjoy, and rejoice.
               The joy of the Lord is your strength.
           v. The Bible compares we Christians to
                  1. A brick in a building, carefully joined together,
                     and fairly useless alone. It is very valuable when
                     correctly connected.
                  2. A part of a body
                           a. each with their unique structure and
                              function
                           b. Each necessary for the body to be
                              complete and healthy.
                  3. Sheep in a flock. Everyone needs to be cared for
                     at some point.
                  4. Members in a family. At communion we should
                           a. take off our masks
                           b. Tear down our pretenses and images and
                              become one in Spirit.
                           c. Be true – the pyramid – draw close to God.
                              Then we will draw closer to each other.
IV.   Communication - “…ye do show…”
     a. Answers the question     “What would it take to get us to
        witness?”
     b. A true, audio-visual testimony, public participation in
        communion
     c. II Cor. 3:2, 3 – “…ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle
        of Christ…written…with the Spirit of the living God…known
        and read of all men…”
     d. Not everyone feels free to speak up front in public. This is a
        unique way for everyone to witness.
     e. Col. 2:13-15 – “And you hath He (Jesus) quickened (made
        alive)…having forgiven you all your sin, canceling, blotting all
        of everything out that stood against you... “He took it out of
        the way…nailed it to His cross. “…and having spoiled
        principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly,
        triumphing over them in it.” Winners make great witnesses!
V.   Commemoration - “…shew His death…”
     a. Answers the question “What would it take to get us to trust His
        love?”
     b. I Cor. 11:24 – “…this do in remembrance…” How do you
        want us to remember you, Jesus?
            i. Helpless baby, poor family, small nation of slaves
           ii. He lived a sinless life – extraordinary example
           iii. Tough truths, the parable and power, the messages
              and miracles.
          iv. Laid down my life for you, and by doing so won back
              everything Adam lost.
           v. Conquered every conqueror.
          vi. Got and gave gifts to you.
               vii. Now praying for you and through the Holy Spirit will
                   meet with you at this memorial.


“Just what would it take to get you to believe that I really love you?”


   VI.    Contemplation – “…to expect…” “…till He comes…”
          a. Answers the question “What would it take to get us to hope?
          b. Titus 2:13 – “…looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious
             appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”
          c. The source of Hope? The Word of God!
          d. Romans 15:4 – “…what soever things…written aforetime, were
             written…that we…through the encouragement of the
             Scriptures, might have hope!”
          e. The supply of Hope? – Romans 15:13 – “Now the God of hope
             fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may about
             in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost!”
          f. The survival of Hope?
                 i. Communion is connecting with the source and supply!
   VII.   Consecration – “to devote entirely” “…the Lord’s…”
          a. Answers the question, “What would it take to make us serve?
          b. I Cor. 11:23 – “For I have received of the Lord that which also I
             delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in
             which He was betrayed, took bread…”
          c. Consecration means to submit, surrender, separate unto and
             serve His majesty.
          d. Young seeker came to pastor asking questions. Pastor
             handed him a piece of paper with just tow words written on it
             and said, “you must mark out one of these words: NO LORD
                 i. To mark out LORD says NO
ii. To mark out NO says LORD


           The Choice Is Yours!

								
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