THINKING IT THROUGH – Hebrews 9:12

In I Corinthians 11, the Communion Service is given in the middle of a strong rebuke of worldly, carnal, selfish, and insensitive attitudes behavior.  The Lord’s Table is designed to bring about “unity” and “fellowship” as well as being a memorial service.  The service is a testimony to the world that we are not ashamed of our Lord or His shed blood.  In this service we remember His “once-for-all” sacrifice for us and rededicate ourselves to His obedient service.

I.  INTRODUCTION

  •   The institution of the Lord’s Table can be found in Luke 22:14-20.
  •   It was the practice of the early church to partake every 1st day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  •   One cannot overestimate the importance of properly understanding the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:20-29).

II.  COMMEMORATION

  • Memorials and monuments help us to remember significant events and things.
  • We remember the cross, it is central to the Gospel (I Corinthians 2:2).
  • We remember the command Jesus gave, ” … do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19).

III.  COMMUNION

  • Commune = share, participate together [fellowship].
  • In the Lord’s Supper, we commune both with the Lord and fellow Christians                (I Corinthians 10:16, 17).
  • The Lord’s Supper is a powerful force for UNITY.

IV.  A PROCLAMATION

  • We “proclaim” something by partaking of the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:26).
  • We “act” out our convictions and the reality behind our convictions.
  • We all “preach” the same sermon.

V.  A DEDICATION

  • Jesus said, …”This cup is the new covenant in My blood” (I Corinthians 11:25).
  • The old covenant was dedicated with blood (Exodus 24:4-8; cf. Hebrews 9:16-22).
  • The Lord’s Supper reminds us of the blood of ratification of the new covenant.
  • Our participation strengthens our commitment to our covenant with God (Hebrews    10:28-29).

VI.  AN ANTICIPATION

  • The Lord’s Supper is to be partaken “till He comes” (I Corinthians 11:26).
  • We should eagerly anticipate His coming (2 Peter 3:12).

VII.  CONCLUSIONS/APPLICATION:

  • The Lord’s Supper is one of the most special parts of Christianity and no true Christians should not partake.
  • We must guard against partaking indifferently (I Corinthians 11:27-29).
  • The Lord’s Supper is a part of what we are “privileged” to do as we await the return of our Great God and Savior (II Peter 3:18).