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Dear Congregation of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Who is in the house? Ie. Late show - hosts of popular and ntoight we have …in the house; SNL guests announced - often a critique of Right Wing, - real political statement - I am joined with this worldview, with this lifestyle …
Another phrase in my youth culture - "So and so has left the building" - presence so momentous… leave a void…
Well what is your status in the house of the Lord, rebuilt tabernacle of David, the body of Christ? How are you? a most profound question, not small talk at all. How are you - you really want to know? Interesting to read of MLJ - vestry - desk - receive inquirers after each service… How is it it with you and Christ,m and you and His people?
Are you in session with Lord and His People this morning? Closed with Jesus based on his finished work, but joined now in His ongoing work, with the gift of the Holy Spirit …
Book of Acts vital question:
Acts 1:14 ESV
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Acts 1:14–15 ESV
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said,
1:14-15 All these with one accord were devoting themselves = giving themselves in loyaty to a person, occupying themselves diligently , same word here - to be continually into somehthing. And that constitiued something = special Greek word…120 company of persons -. What are you into? Is Christainity just a one of many bags, a Sunday service hour or two each week - or are you into Christ?
= giving themselves in loyaty to a person, occupying themselves diligently , same word here - to be continually into something. And that constitiued something = special Greek word…120 company of persons -. What are you into? Is Christainity just a one of many bags, a Sunday service hour or two each week - or are you into Christ?
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2:1 day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place = more than geogrpahic location, heart location.
Saw that two weeks ago in how growth described - company of 120, the number, added to their number 3,00, by acts 4 30,000., -as come to the table can we count you in - are you as we sing, and are you abiding, remaining “May we now remain in union, with each other and the Lord.”
Perculiar phrase in
Acts 2:47 ESV
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
In LXX when they are enrolled in the community. Technical sense, the MP is in the House, House of Commons. Used same way in the Qumran community - enrolled in the special fellowship. Used by paul in coming to the table of Lord:
1 Corinthians 1 ESV
Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 11:20 ESV
When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.
1 Corinthians 14:23 ESV
If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?
To be together in the NT is not just together in small group, to come to this table - is to count yourself participant a gathered with complete church - I am in!
Key Truth: The Lord’s Supper is Christ confirming that he wants to live in you and you in him;
and you pledging that you will participate in his body and blood,
just as members of the body participate in the head, which directs and controls them.
Willb e expressed in 4 ways - 3 are so expected: looked at the last one already - Prayer; Looked at the first one - apostolic teaching - unique role - need to replace Judas - expect devote to teaching of what Jesus jus did and oing from OT Scritpure… but with signs and wonders declaring - heart of the matter forgiveness of Sins, remember - lame beggar - what did he offer him? Are we a community committed to learning
Why it was a big deal in the early church, did as often as they ate and drank together, tied initially to potluck meal - needed to gather for encouragement, for teaching, and like any club pledging - live for each other - God pledging live for and with and in them! You know what happens when family doesn’t gather together, or only in bad circumstances- why have speciall dinners, holidays, vacations - well that is what the Lord’s Supper is like for the Christains and why the long to be there with bro/sisters!
A. Breaking Bread is Part of Expressing Authentic Christianity
Will be expressed in 4 ways:
Acts 2:42 ESV
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
- 3 are so expected: looked at the last one already - iV. Prayer;
i. Looked at the first one a little- apostolic teaching - unique role - need to replace Judas - expect devote to teaching of what Jesus jus did and oing from OT Scritpure… but with signs and wonders declaring - heart of the matter forgiveness of Sins, remember - lame beggar - what did he offer him? Are we a community committed to learning? Why important - message of repentance, transformation new life - only in that gospel Word!
Acts 3:19–20 ESV
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,
Anyone here - know the new creation, new huamnity, newness of life - heart set free from guilt, sin, when filled with Spirit - lnng for teaching of Apostles on Grace of Jeuss = God's doing a new thing!
iii.fellowship The third one is also expected and closely connected to fourth - but expect devoted to the brother and sisterhood - teens and young adults -do you know how it gives us so much hope to see you wanting to hang out with each other - to learn word together - to develop true friendship… show up for each other… ; informally a rel strenghtof this church, but you know what someon fringe - assume strong \walk with Lord whole life - but new here -
Ie. Talked to Pastor Crammer - physically tired so good, compared to the weariness of responsibility of caring for whole church - he had joy, long ministry in Drayton… but pain of those alienate d and isolated = that's our community culture neighborliness… affectin gour churches… drop in, drive thru, pleansenat smile,, acquaintes…
Culture longing for this - Bruxie Cavey - Meeting House, KW Koinonia - not syaing have to get charismatic, or small home groups … do have to sign up and show up and put out for the fellowship - saves you, saves youas individual \but not for life with an indivudal savlation…social, body life compontent JI Packer…
This church of jesus Christ is the embassy of heaven to a lost world! Some said don't need embassies any more… have one in NYC - only puprpose stand in line … but think quite otherwise if in land with civil war… battle going on …caught in cross fire..onlyhope is get to embassy - show the passport - safety…even evacuation … lifesaving station= church in this world … life-saving society - ie. Red Cross - spritiual red cross - all certified to know and share Jesus Christ!
Remarkable oganization and ogranism = church is where divine soverieghnty reign of Christ in world and human agency intertwine in faithfilled actions that bring mena dn women girls and boys to jesus and cause the church to grow here and around the world!
Koinonia = common and fellowship… = in gratitude for God's gift, confidence in his care, and compassion for their spriitual brothers and sisters - believers liquidated excess possessions to meet the needs of others…
Would you? Extra groceries one week… extra vacation… some monthly expense so for 30-40 bucks a month through compassion… extra land - liquidated not communism, as need - allowed church later to move out … Not communism, even Menno Simmons of the radical reformation - unique to this time, - butthefellowshiop - isn’t, the Carryin g each other’s burdens isn’t
So it is in this context, as you stand up and say authentic Christian - participate in Prayer, Word, Fellowship, that the last distinctive of an authentic Christian comes and that is: they devoted themselves to the breaking of bread!
B. The Breaking of Bread is Christ Confirming Communion (First of all)
By noun or by verb Luke speaks five times in Acts of “the breaking of bread”: and 46, as part of a description of the life of the Jerusalem church directly after the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost; and 11, in the narrative of Paul’s visit to the assembly at Troas; , in telling how Paul encouraged the ship’s company to take food when in danger of shipwreck. The matter of “tables” in is also relevant.
A Communion with Christ, pictured in all the Kingdom Banquets Jesus used to shows this communion:
By noun or by verb Luke speaks five times in Acts of “the breaking of bread”: and 46, as part of a description of the life of the Jerusalem church directly after the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost; and 11, in the narrative of Paul’s visit to the assembly at Troas; , in telling how Paul encouraged the ship’s company to take food when in danger of shipwreck. The matter of “tables” in is also relevant.
Acts 2:42 ESV
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
In Jewish practice, bread was broken when God was blessed at the start of a meal. In early Christianity, the breaking of bread bore the special imprint it had acquired from its significant usage by Jesus. In the Gospel of Luke (in whose light Acts has particularly to be read), Jesus broke the loaves when he fed the five thousand (); the Savior broke the bread when he gave it to his disciples at the Last Supper, saying,
Luke 9:16 ESV
And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
Luke 22:19 ESV
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
(); and the risen Lord broke the bread at Emmaus () and was known to his two companions “in the breaking of the bread” (). Around those highly significant occasions cluster then all the multiple words and deeds of Jesus involving food and drink that also give weight and texture to the observance which the church of Acts called by metonymy “the breaking of bread.”
; and the risen Lord broke the bread at Emmaus () and was known to his two companions “in the breaking of the bread” (). Around those highly significant occasions cluster then all the multiple words and deeds of Jesus involving food and drink that also give weight and texture to the observance which the church of Acts called by metonymy “the breaking of bread.”
In Jewish practice, bread was broken when God was blessed at the start of a meal. In early Christianity, the breaking of bread bore the special imprint it had acquired from its significant usage by Jesus. In the Gospel of Luke (in whose light Acts has particularly to be read), Jesus broke the loaves when he fed the five thousand (); the Savior broke the bread when he gave it to his disciples at the Last Supper, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (); and the risen Lord broke the bread at Emmaus () and was known to his two companions “in the breaking of the bread” (). Around those highly significant occasions cluster then all the multiple words and deeds of Jesus involving food and drink that also give weight and texture to the observance which the church of Acts called by metonymy “the breaking of bread.”
Jesus had pictured God’s coming reign as a feast: “People will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God” (). Apart from the messianic act of already feeding the multitudes in anticipation of the kingdom, Jesus had been notorious also for eating and drinking with publicans and sinners (; ; see DJG, Table Fellowship); he thereby invited them to repentance (), for the mere eating and drinking in his presence was no guarantee of salvation (). At the Last Supper he spoke of himself as being among his disciples “as one who serves” (), yet he was also able to promise them a place at his table in the kingdom which his Father had given him (). After his resurrection, his appearance at Emmaus was not the only one in which he shared in a meal with his followers: he ate with the others in Jerusalem (), and in Luke gives Peter the summary statement that
Acts 10:40–41 ESV
but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
These, then, are the associations which accompany the meal assemblies perpetuated by the primitive church after the Lord’s exaltation.
These, then, are the associations which accompany the meal assemblies perpetuated by the primitive church after the Lord’s exaltation.
But coming to this table isn’t just saying, yes Ibvelive you have thekingdom Jesus. More peronsal transactiongoing on with you in Jesus:
In Jewish practice, bread was broken when God was blessed at the start of a meal. In primitive Christianity, the breaking of bread bore the special imprint it had acquired from its significant usage by Jesus. In the Gospel of Luke (in whose light Acts has particularly to be read), Jesus broke the loaves when he fed the five thousand (); the Savior broke the bread when he gave it to his disciples at the Last Supper, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (); and the risen Lord broke the bread at Emmaus () and was known to his two companions “in the breaking of the bread” (). Around those highly significant occasions cluster then all the multiple words and deeds of Jesus involving food and drink that also give weight and texture to the observance which the church of Acts called by metonymy “the breaking of bread.”
C. The Lord’s Supper is Your Duty for Strengthening Your Life in Christ (Secondly)
Whatever the connection withthe agape feast, potluck for encouragmenet and worship, while still meeting for teaching in temple courts, possibly for prayers. The Lord Jesus himself from heaven revealed to Paul- how this meal was commanded as God’s appointed means of you and I participating in the Liiving Resurrected Christ!
By noun or by verb Luke speaks five times in Acts of “the breaking of bread”: and 46, as part of a description of the life of the Jerusalem church directly after the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost; and 11, in the narrative of Paul’s visit to the assembly at Troas; , in telling how Paul encouraged the ship’s company to take food when in danger of shipwreck. The matter of “tables” in is also relevant.
Paul said: what I receive I passed on in remembrance of me, as the new covenant
1 Corinthians 11:23–25 ESV
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Central part of our worship, is for you and I to remember the sacrifice of the Son of God for our sin - this is the believer’s duty - commemorate it,like Vet’s Commemorate - the have a personal stake it what remembering - you and I - together - remember - what sin does, what it costs, we remember mercy and grace - forgiveness - all of us meeting on common ground- are you acknowledging the wondrouswork f Jesus - what he acocmplisheds byCorss, resurrection ascension…
In Jewish practice, bread was broken when God was blessed at the start of a meal. In primitive Christianity, the breaking of bread bore the special imprint it had acquired from its significant usage by Jesus. In the Gospel of Luke (in whose light Acts has particularly to be read), Jesus broke the loaves when he fed the five thousand (); the Savior broke the bread when he gave it to his disciples at the Last Supper, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (); and the risen Lord broke the bread at Emmaus () and was known to his two companions “in the breaking of the bread” (). Around those highly significant occasions cluster then all the multiple words and deeds of Jesus involving food and drink that also give weight and texture to the observance which the church of Acts called by metonymy “the breaking of bread.”
Calls us to self-examinations and purging of sin, thus purifying the church = nothing is more vital tto the church's onging regular confron tation of sins in the lives its people that the thoughtful expression of devotion to the remembrance of the Cross!
Jesus had pictured God’s coming reign as a feast: “People will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God” (). Apart from the messianic act of already feeding the multitudes in anticipation of the kingdom, Jesus had been notorious also for eating and drinking with publicans and sinners (; ; see DJG, Table Fellowship); he thereby invited them to repentance (), for the mere eating and drinking in his presence was no guarantee of salvation (). At the Last Supper he spoke of himself as being among his disciples “as one who serves” (), yet he was also able to promise them a place at his table in the kingdom which his Father had given him (). After his resurrection, his appearance at Emmaus was not the only one in which he shared in a meal with his followers: he ate with the others in Jerusalem (), and in Acts Luke gives Peter the summary statement that “God raised Jesus on the third day and made him manifest . . . to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead” (). ( implies the same, if synalizomenos is to be associated with hals, salt, and then understood as a reference to the risen Jesus’ eating with the apostles, as in fact the Latin, Syriac and Coptic versions translate.) These, then, are the associations which accompany the meal assemblies perpetuated by the primitive church after the Lord’s exaltation.
By noun or by verb Luke speaks five times in Acts of “the breaking of bread”: and 46, as part of a description of the life of the Jerusalem church directly after the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost; and 11, in the narrative of Paul’s visit to the assembly at Troas; , in telling how Paul encouraged the ship’s company to take food when in danger of shipwreck. The matter of “tables” in is also relevant.
i.e. hold some grudge … Cross how can I whenI have been so forgiven… take it back..lay it down again and again
In Jewish practice, bread was broken when God was blessed at the start of a meal. In primitive Christianity, the breaking of bread bore the special imprint it had acquired from its significant usage by Jesus. In the Gospel of Luke (in whose light Acts has particularly to be read), Jesus broke the loaves when he fed the five thousand (); the Savior broke the bread when he gave it to his disciples at the Last Supper, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (); and the risen Lord broke the bread at Emmaus () and was known to his two companions “in the breaking of the bread” (). Around those highly significant occasions cluster then all the multiple words and deeds of Jesus involving food and drink that also give weight and texture to the observance which the church of Acts called by metonymy “the breaking of bread.”
Jesus had pictured God’s coming reign as a feast: “People will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God” (). Apart from the messianic act of already feeding the multitudes in anticipation of the kingdom, Jesus had been notorious also for eating and drinking with publicans and sinners (; ; see DJG, Table Fellowship); he thereby invited them to repentance (), for the mere eating and drinking in his presence was no guarantee of salvation (). At the Last Supper he spoke of himself as being among his disciples “as one who serves” (), yet he was also able to promise them a place at his table in the kingdom which his Father had given him (). After his resurrection, his appearance at Emmaus was not the only one in which he shared in a meal with his followers: he ate with the others in Jerusalem (), and in Acts Luke gives Peter the summary statement that “God raised Jesus on the third day and made him manifest . . . to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead” (). ( implies the same, if synalizomenos is to be associated with hals, salt, and then understood as a reference to the risen Jesus’ eating with the apostles, as in fact the Latin, Syriac and Coptic versions translate.) These, then, are the associations which accompany the meal assemblies perpetuated by the primitive church after the Lord’s exaltation.
Three views, the breaking of bread as technical LS, others common meal w/o, or w! Potluck supper was an important part of church life. The first Christians needed time to tlak, discuss, and learn from each other v.46 and as they did so they received their food with glad and generous hearts. v.46
We are at that moment in a heightened way by faith - receiving Jesus’ confirmation from heaven - yes - you participate in my body, and my blood - I live in you and you can live in me!
Clearly separated from agape feasts, and made part of the regular corporate worship service:
Acts 20:7 ESV
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
Acts
Need this reminder of our life in Christ regularly! So down about, infirmities, so careless and forgetful of Christs ways, but no merits of ours can cover, only take to ourselves Christ and his righteousness, all the gifts and promises in Him… We are taking hold of the New Covenant - promises of God signed and dealt to us! Renew them like a book from library again and again here!
= infirmities but no merits of ours can cover, only take to ourselves Christ and his righteousness, all the gifts and promises in Him… We are taking hold of the New Covenant - promises of God signed and dealt to us!
Some may say the word is enough, … but: , like man with official letter with a seal - tears that bottom half off and throws it into the fire - very different effect reading it - ie. Impact in childhood home, actually room grw up in - D’Angremont - Zwolle, Omen.. offficially conected… different than just lines… feel it in my bones!
See the seal gives the letter its authority - ie police record check - = this Supper is a seal of God’s promises personally to you - strengthen you! So respecting and honouring the Supper = making place for promises, fo rhte Word in our life!
Paul says:
1 Corinthians 10:16 ESV
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 10:16–17 ESV
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
1 Corinthians 10:17 ESV
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
By the Holy Spirit real commuion with Christ in heaven - lifted up - know that His life resurrected life is for us and we’re joined to Christ our head! How we are going to live.
Let me illustrate this and then ask ifthis is how you inted to live - in comuion with Christ! In CS Lewis’s Hideous Strength he pictures the head, directors of two comunities… NICE - National Institute for Co-ordinated experiments!
Jane begins with a malaise and lack of commitment, either to her marriage or to her scholarship; Mark begins with a reckless commitment, a headlong plunge to fulfill his ambitions by the shortest route possible. Jane dreams realities and thinks they are illusions; Mark is deluded about the actual workings of Bracton and N.I.C.E., just when he thinks he knows what is really going on. Jane takes a slow train to join St. Anne’s, while Mark rushes to Belbury in a big, flashy car driven by the reckless Feverstone. Jane is invited to join St. Anne’s, while Mark is coerced into joining N.I.C.E. The fresh garden at St. Anne’s fills Jane with images of paradise, while the garden at N.I.C.E. is artificial and sterile, like “a municipal cemetery” (p. 101). Jane is filled with ineffable joy when she first meets the head of St. Anne’s—the regal and mystical Ransom, returned from Perelandra.
Mark is filled with unspeakable horror and revulsion when he meets the “head” of N.I.C.E.—a decapitated head supposedly kept alive by the scientific apparatus but actually animated by dark eldils.” Ordering likes of Filostrato, an Italian scientist, around.
That is the head - that world serves unknown to itself - no head at all - but St. Anne’s Ransom - fresh garden that fill’s St. Anne’s cemetery vs. unspeakable horror and revulsion. NICE…
What I felt - in being joined to CHRIST … breaking bread is you and I being beautifully united to JEsus our Head, gave HImself as a Ransom, but now lives on part of a glroius body, eachmember here alive in Him, coordinated!
And if you experience your connectin to Christ as a living, loving head in the breaking of this bread, in the fellowship of His Church- it leads to a beautiful benefit to breaking this bread with faith:
D. The Lord’s Supper is you pledging participation in His Earthly Body with Christ as Your Head.
Fellowship and food an important part of church - fellowship meal as fostering sense of one family?
Fellowship and food an important part of church - fellowship meal as fostering sense of one family?
Breaking of Bread = Lord’s Supper = all of us being united with the body f Jesus Christ, share in this breaking of bread, which is “his holy Supper, to show that we must live in peace and harmony with our neighbours, just as members of a body are joined together in harmony.”
Breaking of Bread = Lord’s Supper = all of us being united with the body f Jesus Christ, share in this breaking of bread, which is his holy Supper, to show that we must live in peace and harmony with our neighbours, just as members of a body are joined together in harmony= what we confess in creed, after belief in the church of God = when we say believe in the communion of the saints = ion that communion the saints truly have fellowship when they are instructed by the Word of God and in the same doctrine, when they use the sacraments as ordered by God and when they assemble to pray together publicly
Worshiping Church:
worship formal in temple and informal in homes… probably not sacrifices but prayer services in temple… or they went up to temple to preach rather than pray.
See structure and institution… not impatient radical change, but Holy reform according to gospel - benefit of formal and dignifgied services of corporate worship balanced with informal more exuberant and spotaneous home meeings…
= what we confess in creed, after belief in the church of God = when we say believe in the communion of the saints = ion that communion the saints truly have fellowship when they are instructed by the Word of God and in the same doctrine, when they use the sacraments as ordered by God and when they assemble to pray together publicly
joyful and reverent = gald and sincere hearts!
Calvin:
Persevere in proc of Word, LS, and our communion together in love.
Breaking of Bread = Lord’s Supper = all of us being united with the body f Jesus Christ, share in this breaking of bread, which is his holy Supper, to show that we must live in peace and harmony with our neighbours, just as members of a body are joined together in harmony= what we confess in creed, after belief in the church of God = when we say believe in the communion of the saints = ion that communion the saints truly have fellowship when they are instructed by the Word of God and in the same doctrine, when they use the sacraments as ordered by God and when they assemble to pray together publicly
As Mark lived with Feverstone, and ultimate D. as his head - destorying relatinships, world around him; but as Jane meets Ransom - has ahead worth following one Who grants life and. And you and I as we filled with ourHead Christ, each made a special member - whether a toeactually indseipelnslibe, or hand highly visible - needed fro the work of the body in this world - as eahc of us offers our talents and our lives to our head at this table - we are united and directed to getherinhis saving work in this world!
Not only look back to remember, but look ahead utnil he comes again - Exalted Ascended Head whom we partifipate in joined with- he unites us here, joins us together - and what are we to be doing until then- together - even in worship…
1 Corinthians 11:26 ESV
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
So we also look around - all parkae in one loaf - thoughtfulexpression united in purpose - examplifies the unity of Christ’s churchto Christ’s mission!
= LS and bpatism to confirm us in God’s word and in his promises so that we will not doubt them.
Conclusion:
The purpose of the LS is both to confirm our assurance that he wants to live in us and us in him; and to participate in his body and blood, just as members of the body participate in the head, which directs and controls them.
Who wants to see Acts 29 here? The continuing work of Jesus Chrsti, by His HOly Spirit - not just began to do - is doingbringing His kingdom. Highpriority of prayer, teaching for restoration, fellowship, and breaking bread with Lordof Life together- united - filled withlife from Him ready to go out and shareit withtheworld, invite them tothe feast! Think of Mark begins full of self assertion, make his life for himself, use others… not undertand death working in his life and around him. Think of Jane - connected to living head, made a force with bro / sisters in community of salvation - ultimately saves her life, those around her, the world - that’s what you come expressing - gathered in prayer inSpirit of Christ, teachingof Christ, in fellowship - but especially to break thebread of life together!
ie. CS Lewis That Hideous Strength: Purtill also draws attention to the opposition of Ransom and Whither, the respective “directors” of their community, for whom language serves opposite ends: clarity for the former (a philologist), and obfuscation for the latter (“That Hideous Strength: A Double Story,” 100). Downing, Planets in Peril, 58, provides some further perceptive parallels: “Jane begins with a malaise and lack of commitment, either to her marriage or to her scholarship; Mark begins with a reckless commitment, a headlong plunge to fulfill his ambitions by the shortest route possible. Jane dreams realities and thinks they are illusions; Mark is deluded about the actual workings of Bracton and N.I.C.E., just when he thinks he knows what is really going on. Jane takes a slow train to join St. Anne’s, while Mark rushes to Belbury in a big, flashy car driven by the reckless Feverstone. Jane is invited to join St. Anne’s, while Mark is coerced into joining N.I.C.E. The fresh garden at St. Anne’s fills Jane with images of paradise, while the garden at N.I.C.E. is artificial and sterile, like “a municipal cemetery” (p. 101). Jane is filled with ineffable joy when she first meets the head of St. Anne’s—the regal and mystical Ransom, returned from Perelandra. Mark is filled with unspeakable horror and revulsion when he meets the “head” of N.I.C.E.—a decapitated head supposedly kept alive by the scientific apparatus but actually animated by dark eldils.”
That is the head - that world serves unknown to itself - no head at all - but St. Anne’s Ransom - fresh garden that fill’s St. Anne’s cemetery vs. unspeakable horror and revulsion. NICE…
What I felt - in being joined to CHRIST …
What I felt - in being joined to CHRIST …
Think Word is enough
Think Word is enough, like man with official letter with a seal - tears that bottom half off and throws it into the fire - very different effect reading it - ie. Impact in childhood home, actually room grw up in - D’Angremont - Zwolle, Omen.. offficially conected… different than just lines…
See the seal gives the letter its authority - ie police record check - = this Supper is a seal of God’s promises personally to you - strengthen you! So respecting and honouring the Supper = making place for promises, fo rhte Word in our life!
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