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This message deals with three things that keep us from Communion with Christ. We call this the Lords supper/communion. In Genesis the word means: to have fellowship with God, John—to have fellowship w/Christ. Eph—to have fellowship w/other believers. PPT 1Cor. 10:16 Paul calls the Lords Supper “Communion” because in it there is fellowship between Christ and his disciples, and disciples w/one another. Lords Supper/ Communion literally means fellowship with Fellowship means: friendship, companionship…Before I take the Lords Supper I have to ask the hard questions…Am I in communion with Christ? For many of us here unfortunately the answer is no, not that I’m not saved but I’m not as close to Christ as I want to be, I’m not experiencing Him like I would want to.
Isaiah Teaches us that the Gospel and the Lord's Supper Celebrate: 1. God’s Humiliation 2. God’s Compassion 3. God’s Satisfaction
“What is the church?” and “What does the church do?” A handful of Jesus’ followers following his death have today turned into a phenomenon of a few billion we call the church! Upon receiving the Holy Spirit we see the church in Acts devoting themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers.
The Lord's Supper is a unique and valuable institution of Christ, that provides us with grace and battles against complacency. Do you understand its benefits and dangers? Are you making proper use of this sacrament?
Peter continues his look at the stories of the Old Testament, this time specifically looking at the story of Lot. Often Lot is scripted as a selfish guy, who chose the best land for himself. He is remembered as the guy who volunteered his daughters to the crowd seeking the angelic messengers that were sojourning in his home for the night. Or maybe you remember the story further down the line where those same daughters get him drunk and sleep with him to get pregnant. This guy, this obviously flawed guy, is called righteous by Peter. What?? This is where His story gets complicated. Shoot, it's all complicated. Whereas we want tidy lives and tidy folk leading us, this ongoing story of God continues to involve some crazy twists and turn woven together by a great storyteller - the greatest storyteller. It is too easy, far too easy, to just point at Lot and be disgusted by his action (or lack of). But we are not altogether different. He is not unlike us - just change the actions and we are not so far from him. Peter is intimately acquainted with this sort of living. He is writing to a people who are not unfamiliar with this sort of living. We are not outside this sort of living. In that - there is hope. He makes beautiful things out of dust and dirt. Part 1 of 2 in this story. (Oh, and we take a look at the long story of Sodom and Gomorrah as well. Heritage says one thing about this sinful place - but His story says another.)
Lies. They are all around us. They pervade our conversations - both inside & outside our heads. As Peter starts to dig into the meat of the purpose for his 2nd letter, what we find is that there is a subtly to the lies we hear, process and believe. The only way to fight the lies, to fight the untruth about who we think we are (versus what He says to be true about us) is through His Word. To reinforce the fight against false teaching, Peter references the stories of the Old Testament - specifically the stories of the fall of angels and of Noah. Through looking at those stories through the lens of the broader story of Scripture, we gain insight into the work that God is doing in our lives and in the lives of others, and how to stand firm against the lies of the world.
Pastor Michael shares the doctrinal understanding of identifying with the baptism, dedication and the substituinary death of Christ.