Yesterday at First Baptist Jesus was worshiped, the saints were edified, and God was glorified. We continued our sermon series on the book of 1 Corinthians with part 21 on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. The Bible talks about several things in this passage, things like God's discipline, the meetings of the church, the Lord's Supper, and conflict. Check out the sermon audio on the player below.
Here are a few quotes from the message:
"Jesus intends for his church to be an identifiable assembly of disciples committed to worshiping and obeying Christ together. How can anyone truly be considered a disciple of Jesus who is physically able to assembly with His body yet consistently neglects such a privilege and duty?"
"Whenever there are divisions in a church, it’s an opportunity for self-examination. We should stop and ask ourselves questions like, 'Am I in the faith?' 'Am I submitted to God’s Word?' 'Am I endeavoring to keep the bond of peace in the unity of the Holy Spirit?'"
"[In the Lord's Supper] Someone is more likely to eat and drink judgment on themselves by ignoring the issues they have with the real people right in front of them than denying the 'real presence' in the bread and the cup."
"We are good about noticing God’s hand in healing and giving Him credit, but how often do we consider God’s hand in our sickness?"
"Even God’s most severe discipline is still administered by His loving fatherly hand."
Pastor Sam also shared two quotes about the Lord's Supper from C.H. Spurgeon (1843-1892).
"The Lord’s Supper represents the giving of the whole body of Christ to us, to enter into us for food; surely, if we enter into its true meaning, we may expect to be revived and vitalized; for we have here more than a mere touch of the hand, it is the whole Christ that enters into us spiritually, and so comes into contact with our innermost being. I believe in the 'real presence' – do not you? The carnal presence is another thing; that we do not even desire."
"Paul does not say, 'Let a man examine himself, and then not eat or drink at the communion.' The examination should lead him to repentance, and to faith, and should then bring him to the table of fellowship in the right state of mind and heart. The examination is not a door to shut him out from the ordinance, but a door at which he may pause awhile, to see whether he is in a right condition to enter; and if he is not, he should seek to be made so, and then enter."
Thanks to Trevin Wax for sharing these and other Spurgeon quotes on the Lord's Supper.
To see what the rest of our gathering looked like, check out our worship bulletin.