Practicals

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (NIV)

Some have stated that they need more help from their congregation in their personal walk with God. Some in fact feel left alone with their relationship with God. May God use you to share your struggle to be a man after God’s own heart.

One way to remedy this is by placing a special emphasis on and deepening the content of the Lord’s Supper.

I have often seen the Communion focused on people rather than on Christ. Sadly, after hearing a Communion, it can be easier to focus on the speaker rather than on the Lord. At times, a typical Lord’s Supper has followed this pattern: “Let’s read 1 Corinthians 1:18 “The cross is foolishness to the lost but power to the saved”. I got in a fight with my wife (or roommate). I was confronted, but felt prideful and didn’t want to repent. Then I thought of Jesus and repented. (It also helped knowing that I was to do the Lord’s Supper at church!) Now the relationship has been healed. So let’s pray for bread and wine.

Although this can be helpful at times, we have almost “used” the Lord’s Supper to motivate toward repentance and have a better week next week. According to Jesus, this is not the foremost purpose of the Lord’s Supper.

Emphasis:

  1. People need help to see Jesus, see grace (difficult to define) and to see that God loves them. People need help in their walk with God and their motivation.
  2. There are differing perspectives on grace…some fearing that teaching grace may result in taking it for granted.  What’s the solution? Remind people constantly that God loves them. Remember, understanding God’s kindness and grace will result in repentance (Romans 2:4).
  3. It is all about reminding people of Jesus and showing them the following ideas: grace, forgiveness, God’s love
  4. It is not about our love for God, but about his love for us.
  5. The Catholic Church calls the Lord’s Supper a sacrament. This is appropriate, since it s all about what God is doing for us, not what we are doing for him. Instead, we have often turned this sacrament into a sacrifice (what we are doing for God).
  6. We can get practical, but it is even better to focus on teaching people new and fresh views on how much God loves them, how God forgives them. The emphasis needs to be away from deeds and actions and much more on God’s deeds for us.
  7. Remember, there is also a sermon, and the sermon will likely deal more with the practicals and the specifics deeds that are a part of a life of discipling. That frees up the Lord’s Supper to focus on God’s personal walk with us.

Specifics/Practicals

  1. You have been placed on the schedule below to serve in the Lord’s Supper. It is truly an honor and privilege to be a messenger, sharing/preaching the Lord’s Supper to a large crowd. Remember, this only takes place once per week and it is to be of first importance.
  2. Variety! The Bible is full of incredible topics and subject matter relating to the Communion.
  3. Be prepared. You only are speaking about 5-7 minutes, so make them count. It is said of Samuel in the Bible that he did not let his words fall to the ground (1 Sam. 3:19). You will hopefully have a good amount of time to prepare for these few, precious minutes. I ask you to make each sentence truly count.
  4. Speak clearly, slowly and powerfully.
  5. Make your prayer count as well. Pray slowly and powerfully. Prepare your prayer well. Don’t pray the typical prayer (e.g. Thanks that we can come before you in prayer, thanks that we can take the Lord’s Supper now…). It may be helpful to prepare a short outline of your prayer. If it helps, consider writing out your prayer. Your prayer should reflect your personal heart regarding the topic you discussed.
  6. You are definitely encouraged to share personally from your own life, but please make sure that the sharing in no way distracts from the central theme that you are discussing. The focus must remain Jesus and the cross, not how your week went or how your conflict got resolved.
  7. Although we certainly need to examine ourselves 1 Corinthians 11, it is not about forgiveness for “this last week” or doing better “next week”. It is rather about remembering Christ. Too much focus in the past regarding improving next week has resulted in “using” the Lord’s Supper to improve my deeds next week.

Brothers, God definitely appreciates your effort to serve the church in this way (Hebrews 6:10)! Thanks so much for helping out and giving your hearts!

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