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					In Memory . . .


  A Study of Two
      Memorials
       Fifty Days
    The night of the last
Passover was the night that
 Jesus was arrested, tried,
sentenced, and put to death.
       Fifty Days
  Three days later, on the
 following first day of the
week, Jesus arose from the
          grave.
       Fifty Days
   During the forty days
  following the Passover,
Jesus appeared to over 500
          people.
      Fifty Days
 At the end of forty days,
Jesus gave instructions to
  His apostles and then
  ascended into Heaven.
       Fifty Days
   Ten days after Jesus'
 ascension, the apostles
received the Holy Spirit as
    promised by Jesus.
        Fifty Days
  With the aid of the Holy
Spirit, the apostles began to
 preach Jesus Christ. 3,000
people obeyed and the Lord
 added them to His church.
      Memorial Observed
   Now that Jesus' church was
    established, the saints began to
    faithfully worship the Lord, observing
    the memorial feast instituted by Jesus
    Christ.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #1: Acts 2:41-42
       “Then those who gladly received his word
        were baptized; and that day about three
        thousand souls were added to them.”
        Act 2:41
       “And they continued steadfastly in the
        apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the
        breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
        Act 2:42
        Memorial Observed
   Example #1: Acts 2:41-42
       “They” = the 3,000 souls - those whom the
        Lord had added to the church. cf. Acts 2:47
       “continued steadfastly” = to continue
        without fail and on a consistent basis.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #1: Acts 2:41-42
       “continued steadfastly” = to continue
        without fail and on a consistent basis.
       “apostle's doctrine” = the inspired
        teachings of the apostles.
          The Christians continued steadfastly in
           the apostles doctrine. They gave great
           devotion to adhere to those things taught
           by the apostles.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #1: Acts 2:41-42
       “continued steadfastly” = to continue
        without fail and on a consistent basis.
       “fellowship” = fellowship, association,
        community, communion, joint participation.
          The Christians continued in that common
           ground of spiritual fellowship, being all
           members of that one body of Christ.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #1: Acts 2:41-42
       “continued steadfastly” = to continue
        without fail and on a consistent basis.
       “breaking of bread” = context points to the
        memorial feast established by Jesus where
        He “broke bread.”
          Apostles doctrine, fellowship, prayers
          See verse 46 where context is different, is
           a common meal.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #1: Acts 2:41-42
       “continued steadfastly” = to continue
        without fail and on a consistent basis.
       “in prayers” = the saints continued in
        offering up prayers to God.
          Grouping prayers with the apostles'
           doctrine, fellowship, and breaking of
           bread places worship as the context.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #2: Acts 20:7
       “Now on the first day of the week, when
        the disciples came together to break
        bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day,
        spoke to them and continued his message
        until midnight.” Act 20:7
        Memorial Observed
   Example #2: Acts 20:7
       “on the first day of the week” = the first
        day of the week was the day the Lord arose
        from the grave. This was the day to worship
        the Lord.
          The saints in Corinth assembled on the
           first day of the week. cf. 1 Cor 16:1-2
        Memorial Observed
   Example #2: Acts 20:7
       “the disciples” = Christians, saints,
        followers of Jesus Christ
       “came together” = to assemble together, to
        draw together
          The saints, the disciples, the Christians
           assembled together on the first day of the
           week for a specific purpose. What was
           that purpose?
        Memorial Observed
   Example #2: Acts 20:7
       “to break bread” = to break bread as did
        Jesus – the memorial feast
          The saints were assembled.
          First day of the week (same day of Jesus'
           resurrection)
          Paul was preaching.
          This is the same as seen in Acts 2:42.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #3: 1 Cor 10:16
       “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it
        not the communion of the blood of
        Christ? The bread which we break, is it
        not the communion of the body of
        Christ?” 1 Cor 10:16
        Memorial Observed
   Example #3: 1 Cor 10:16
       “The cup of blessing . . . the communion
        of the blood of Christ”
          Compare to Luke 22:20
       “The bread which we break . . . the
        communion of the body of Christ?”
          Compare Luke 22:19
       All Christians participate or share in the
        partaking of the cup and the bread.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “Therefore when you come together in
        one place, it is not to eat the Lord's
        Supper.” 1 Cor 11:20
          Paul uses the phrase "the Lord's supper"
           to refer to the memorial instituted by
           Jesus Christ prior to His death.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “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;” 1 Cor 11:23
          The Lord had given Paul instructions
           regarding the night He was betrayed.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “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.'” 1 Cor 11:24
          Regarding the bread, Paul reminds the
           brethren that Jesus commanded, “do this
           in remembrance of Me.”
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “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.'” 1 Cor 11:25
          Regarding the cup, Paul reminded the
           brethren that Jesus commanded, “This do,
           as often as you drink it, in remembrance
           of me.”
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “For as often as you eat this bread and
        drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's
        death till He comes.” 1 Cor 11:26
          As often as Christians eat the bread and
           drink the cup, they “proclaim the Lord's
           death till He comes.”
          To proclaim – to announce, declare, make
           known, publish
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “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.” 1 Cor 11:27
          To eat and drink in an unworthy manner
           is to show disrespect to the Lord's Supper
           by not observing it as a memorial feast.
          It must proclaim the Lord's death to the
           person who is eating and drinking.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “But let a man examine himself, and so
        let him eat of the bread and drink of the
        cup.” 1 Cor 11:28
          The elements are designed for a specific
           purpose.
          The individual Christian must give careful
           consideration to himself as to the how and
           the why of the memorial feast.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “For he who eats and drinks in an
        unworthy manner eats and drinks
        judgment to himself, not discerning the
        Lord's body.” 1 Cor 11:29
          The memorial feast sets apart the body
           and blood of Christ in his death.
          The individual must give attention to the
           death of Jesus Christ. This is the purpose
           of the memorial feast.
        Memorial Observed
   Example #4: 1 Cor 11:20, 23-30
       “For this reason many are weak and sick
        among you, and many sleep.” 1 Cor 11:30
          The church in Corinth had ceased to
           observe the Lord's Supper as a memorial
           feast—a feast designed to remind saints of
           Jesus' death.
          As a result, some were spiritually weak
           and sick, and some were spiritually dead.
            The Lesson
   The Passover feast was to remind the
    Israelites of their deliverance. This
    was to be a yearly observance.
   Jesus Christ instituted a feast to
    remind Christians of His death, their
    deliverance from sin.
   Paul calls this “the Lord's Supper.”
   The saints observed this memorial
    feast on the first day of the week.
            The Lesson
   It is crucial that you and I give our
    attention and focus to the death of
    Jesus Christ every time we partake of
    the memorial feast.

				
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