It was Jesus Christ himself that instituted the Lord’s Supper. He said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” This is a command with a purpose. How can we just write it off as a religious exercise when Jesus established its purpose? It is very important that we do not lose the traditions that bring life and those that were purposed to bring us close to the Lord.
“But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 NKJV)
We also need to remind ourselves of the Apostle Paul’s instructions concerning the Lord’s Supper. Paul said, “That which I received from the Lord I deliver to you.” Paul was not just following passed on information, but he had a personal visitation from Jesus Christ and part of that was an instruction on the Holy Supper. How can we just treat it as a mere tradition when it was carefully transmitted by the Lord himself to the apostle? In his letter to the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul told them that many were sick and actually dying prematurely because they did not discern the Lord’s body in communion.
We need to understand that communion is a personal connection with Jesus Christ and His presence in our lives. At Mt. Zion, we practice this important ordinance weekly on Sunday morning and have found, indeed, that it imparts life to our congregation.
Communion with Christ: A Kingdom Transition – 04.26.09 Sunday AM
Pastor Loren explains the connection from Passover in the Old Testament to the observance in the New Testament–God’s plan for an everlasting ordinance in communion. This meal is an important connection to Christ and His body, the church. Now is our time to embrace its importance and walk in the power available through our observance. Listen to the sermon now.
Communion: A Bridge to the Faith Realm – 05.03.09 Sunday AM
It is faith that takes us into the God realm. People are looking for something that fits into their human understanding, but God’s ways are ways of faith–including the communion meal. We need to walk in the spiritual reality available to us as Christians and experience the benefits of being drawn in to the Lord. The children of Israel did not see that they were tempting the Christ every day with their complaining and murmuring. We need to remind ourselves that Christ is walking with us; He is in the midst of us. The communion meal brings us to that understanding. Listen to the sermon now.
Live Beyond Yourself Through the Communion Meal – 05.10.09 Sunday AM
The Lord’s Supper is an important sacrament that helps us to live beyond the human condition and reach to the supernatural potential available to the church. God’s plan is more than salvation; God wants us to walk in the Spirit and be a reflection of Him in the earth. It is so easy for us to become idolaters and be driven to follow the masses in culture, but God has the prescription for that which ails us–the individual meeting place at His table. Don’t live like everyone else: live beyond yourself with Him. Listen to the sermon now.