As we approach the Lord’s Table, let’s think about two verses of Scripture.
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
“Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler” (Psalm 91:3).
The first of these verses speaks of the forgiveness of our sins.
The second speaks of victory over Satan.
Through the precious blood of Christ, we receive the forgiveness of our sins (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Through the precious blood of Christ, we are victorious over Satan (Revelation 12:11).
Let us rejoice in God’s gift of forgiveness. Let us also rejoice in His gift of victory.
We do not earn God’s forgiveness. It is God’s gift. Victory is not earned. Like forgiveness, victory is God’s gift.
How do we receive these great gifts of God?
We come to the Cross of Christ. At the Cross, we learn that Christ to bring us forgiveness – and He died to give us victory.
We receive these gifts by faith.
Forgiveness and victory do not come to us without faith. Faith is the response by which we receive God’s gifts.
What is faith? How does faith change us? What part do the reading and preaching of God’s Word have in the strengthening of our faith? How does the celebration of the Lord’s Supper help us to grow in faith?
In this journey of discovery, what part is played by our gathering together for worship?