(# 383) Romans 12 - A Renewed Mind Reminds Us of Our Brokenness

ROM-304-171008 - length: 89:22 - taught on Oct, 8 2017

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/If you’re in the resident congregation, turn off your electronic devices and put them away…they are not welcome.  Let this be a place where you aren’t distracted by the world.\

 

/Welcome To

BARAH MINISTRIES

a Christian Church

Rory Clark

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Good Morning!

 

Welcome to Barah Ministries…a Christian Church with worldwide impact based in Mesa, AZ…my name is Pastor Rory Clark.  At Barah Ministries, our God is the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In First Timothy, Chapter 2, Verses 3 and 4 we learn…

 

/FIRST TIMOTHY 2:3

This is what is good and this is what is acceptable in the sight of the God who is our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…\

 

/FIRST TIMOTHY 2:4

…who desires all men to be saved and who desires all men to come to the knowledge of the truth.\  

 

Welcome to a place where you can learn truth.

 

/TODAY’S BIBLE LESSON

A Renewed Mind Reminds Us of Our Brokenness\

 

God is always interested in having us get to the very root of things… especially as it relates to having the truth resident in our innermost being.  It is His will to make sure that we are not deceived in any way about who He is and who we are.   In today’s lesson we’ll learn that being transformed, first and foremost, involves a breaking down of all that is false.

 

/MUSIC AND REFLECTION

Be Occupied with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ

Enjoy the Singing of His Praises

WE PRAY TO THE FATHER

June Murphy\

 

As we begin our lesson we must always remember that we have direct access to God through prayer.  Here is June Murphy to remind us about the gift of prayer in her song WE PRAY TO THE FATHER.

 

/OPENING PRAYER

Let us pray...\

 

We’re grateful, Heavenly Father, for the privilege of studying Your absolute truth...the Word of God…

 

Father, thank you for using brokenness to get our attention…than you for reminding us that you do not sponsor brokenness…but that you allow it…thank you for caring about us so much that You would handle each of our problems personally…thank you for giving us prayer so that we can talk to you every moment, assured that You will always be there to listen to us…

 

Remind us, Father, to make it a habit to pray…

 

We ask this through the power of God the Holy Spirit…in Christ’s name...

Amen.

 

/TODAY’S BIBLE LESSON

A Renewed Mind Reminds Us of Our Brokenness\

 

Romans, Chapter 12, Verse 2 is the verse under study…

 

/ROMANS 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world (by Satan, by his world system of thought, and by the flesh)…instead, keep on being transformed by (God the Holy Spirit)…through the renewing of your mind (by studying the Word of God)… so that you may see clearly what the will of God is…what is good and what is acceptable and what is perfect.\

 

Being conformed is like having a Global Positioning System (GPS) without the proper instructions programmed in…taking us to places we don’t want to go…or making our route longer than it has to be.

King David allowed himself to be conformed.  In his prayer, Psalm 51, King David was asking God for pardon from a sin that had no remedy in the Mosaic Law…a sin deserving of the sin unto death…a sin that the law could not pardon.  Only God could pardon King David’s abominable deeds…and there was only one cure God the Father could come up with…yet it is the perfect cure…that God the Father would send His only Son to be uniquely born…100% God and 100% man in one person forever, our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ…and the Lord’s shed blood from His horrific death on a Cross would pardon King David and would pardon all who sinned and fell short of the essence of God…the sin of every creature who has ever lived.  What God wants from His creatures is highlighted in David’s prayer…Psalm 51, especially Verse 6…

 

/PSALM 51:6

Behold, You Lord, desire truth in the innermost being…\

 

In you there is mixture…some truth and mostly lies…but God wants ONLY truth in you believers in Christ.  God does not want you EVER to allow yourself to be conformed…instead God is completely transforming you.  Why?  In his prayer, King David tells us why God is transforming us, by asking God for something only God can give to us…Psalm 51, Verse 10…

 

/PSALM 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.\

 

God is the source of everything in our lives, and God is always willing, in the sphere of grace, to renew us…to give us another chance…to give us clean hearts and steadfast spirits…Psalm 51, Verse 14…

 

/PSALM 51:14

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation…then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.\

 

When we know ourselves rightly, and when we know how “blood-guilty” we are because of our sin, then we are more than willing to praise the only One who is able to deliver us from this abominable condition.  Psalm 51, Verse 17…

 

 

/PSALM 51:17

The sacrifice God values is a broken spirit…a broken and a contrite heart… O God, these are things You will not despise.\

 

King David is forgiven, as are we…forgiven in the past with the result that we stand forgiven forever because of the blood sacrifice of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, at the Cross.  It is completely acceptable to God when we become aware of our brokenness…a time when God has our full attention… and it is in these times that He encourages us to count on the truth… Psalm 51, Verse 6…

 

/PSALM 51:6

Behold, You Lord, desire truth in the innermost being…\

 

Brokenness is truth.  So when we look at this second passage in Romans Chapter 12…the passage that is Romans, Chapter 12, Verse 2…we see the value of having the Lord’s truth in us to guide us…

 

/ROMANS 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world (by Satan, by his world system of thought, and by the flesh)…instead, keep on being transformed by (God the Holy Spirit)…through the renewing of your mind (by studying the Word of God)… so that you may see clearly what the will of God is…what is good and what is acceptable and what is perfect.\

 

The Lord is a GPS providing a perfect set of instructions…we simply follow.

 

As a Pastor and as a consultant, I am a teacher.  My job is to transfer knowledge and expertise into “sometimes willing” people.  I say “sometimes willing” people because I am always watching my students with a third eye…watching for how they handle the truths that emanate from the teacher.

 

Most are defensive toward the truth…their belief is that they already have the truth.  Deacon Denny will be talking to you about this in the Lord’s Supper celebration today.  Rather than being receptive to the message of truth, a message that may expose places where their thoughts are deficient, many students simply take in the pieces of a message they agree with to confirm their own rightness.  What these students tell me when I ask them what they thought of a lesson is, “That was a good refresher.”  In other words, “I already knew this…but it’s good to hear it again.”

 

That is not how I process truth, nor is it a valuable way to evaluate truth.  I know that there is a mixture in me…a mix of some truth and mostly lies.  Many of the lies in me I agree with because they serve an evil intention.  When I study the truth, it takes me, just like it took King David, into the innermost being for a look.  As Deacon Denny said in a recent offering message, the truth holds a mirror before our eyes and simply asks us to see what is there.  James put it this way in James, Chapter 1, Verses 23 and 24…

 

/JAMES 1:23

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, and most of us are, he is like a person who looks at his natural face in a mirror…\

 

/JAMES 1:24

…for once he has looked at himself and has gone away from the mirror, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.\

 

This describes our experience as Christians, after a bible lesson.  The lesson shows us the truth, renewing our minds, asking us to compare the truth with how we are operating, inviting us to make adjustments.  But often the truth is so uncomfortable for those that think they already have it, that they simply walk away from it and forget everything the truth showed them.

 

God will take that person into the depths of their brokenness, and will show them the truth again and again.  It is not God’s desire that we learn this way, but for some, it is the only way to get the truth into them.  It certainly was the only way to get the truth into King David, a wealthy, accomplished man who could have easily adopted the Laodicean attitude…described in Revelation, Chapter 3, Verses 15 to 18…

 

/REVELATION 3:15

‘I (the Lord) know your deeds (the deeds of those in the church at Laodicea), that you are neither cold nor hot…I (the Lord) wish that you were cold or hot.’\

 

 

 

/REVELATION 3:16

‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I (the Lord) will vomit you out of My mouth.’\

 

The Lord is repulsed by wishy washyness…

 

/REVELATION 3:17

‘Because you (in the church at Laodicea) say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked…’\

 

/REVELATION 3:18

‘I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich…and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed…and I advise you to buy eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.’\

 

Often, as believers in Christ, we are content with our material wealth while simultaneously ignoring our spiritual poverty. 

 

The Laodiceans wore black clothes that indicated wealth…clothes made of the black wool indigenous to the area…the Lord was encouraging them to wear white clothes…clothes that symbolize the purity of righteousness possessed by believers in Christ.

 

When we are spiritually bankrupt, when we are allowing ourselves to be conformed, the Lord will get our attention with brokenness.  Hebrews, Chapter 12, Verses 6 to 11…

 

/HEBREWS 12:6

“For those whom the Lord loves He also disciplines, and He scourges with a whip every son whom He calls to Himself.”\

 

/HEBREWS 12:7

It is for discipline that you believers in Christ endure…God deals with you as with sons…for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?\

 

 

 

/HEBREWS 12:8

But if (for the sake of argument) you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.\

 

/HEBREWS 12:9

Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them…shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?\

 

/HEBREWS 12:10

For our human parents disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but the Lord disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.\

 

/HEBREWS 12:11

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful…yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards discipline yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness (the fruit of the Spirit).\

 

For the believer in Christ…a renewed mind…a transformed mind is a Godsend.  Being conformed to Satan, to his world system of thought, and to “the flesh” within us is not powerful…in fact, being conformed is destructive and debilitating. 

 

When we are renewing our minds, it reminds us of our brokenness.  Perhaps that is why people shy away from the truth.  We’d rather not know just how broken we are.  Let’s take a quick music break…let’s rest in the fact that God allows brokenness…and He ensures healing as well.  Here’s the group Mercy Me to sing THE HURT AND THE HEALER.

 

/MUSIC BREAK                             

THE HURT AND THE HEALER

Mercy Me\

 

/TODAY’S BIBLE LESSON

A Renewed Mind Reminds Us of Our Brokenness\

 

Let’s begin the next portion of our lesson by giving you a chance to make an offering…we need and we value your financial support to continue the work of this ministry…since Deacon Denny Goodall is handling the Lord’s Supper Celebration, I’ll be handling the offering message.

 

/THE OFFERING

Pastor Rory Clark\

 

A church is an entity with expenses and no income.  You provide the church’s income with your giving. 

 

God’s enemy, Satan, distorts the whole idea of giving, and makes Christians squeamish about giving.  Here are a few Satan sponsored thoughts that Christians have about giving…“Churches today only care about money” … “There is too much abuse and misuse of church funds. Why should I give?” … “How do I know the money will go to a good cause?” … “We were impressed to learn that our church did not take a formal offering during the service” … “I don’t like it when a church pressures me to give.”

 

What is the truth about giving to a church?  You must direct your giving to God.  You are not giving to a Pastor…you are not giving to a church…you are not giving in to an emotional appeal…you are giving to God.  Giving is your “thank you” to God for His indescribable gifts to you.  Giving is an expression of your spiritual service…it’s a thing called worship.  Giving communicates your joy for the Word of God.  Giving is a decision you make to direct a portion of what God has given you to the intentions of a church.  Giving to God is your first thought, not an afterthought.

 

Giving is a decision.  When you make a decision to give, it comes from your will and from your integrity, and it gives no consideration to what others think or what others feel or how others “pressure” you.  If a church is coercing you, it only bothers you when you haven’t made a decision concerning what YOU want to do in the matter of providing from your treasure to your church.

 

What are some of the bible verses on giving?

 

/OFFERING VERSE

 

 

 

SECOND CORINTHIANS 9:7

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart…not grudgingly or under compulsion..for God loves a cheerful giver.\

 

/OFFERING VERSE

 

FIRST CORINTHIANS 16:2

On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I (Paul) come (to visit).\

 

Giving is not a reaction to an emotional message’s appeal, but a systematic choice made based on your ability to give…the key is that everyone in the congregation participates willingly and regularly, by plan, in giving.

 

/OFFERING VERSE

 

ACTS 20:35

“In everything I (Paul) showed you that by working hard in this manner (the

way I engaged in giving) you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”\

 

/OFFERING VERSE

 

LUKE 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you. Blessings will pour into your lap in good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you by God in return.”\

 

God absolutely honors your giving.

 

What are some truths about giving? 

 

You cannot buy blessings from God by giving. 

 

God doesn’t appreciate a stingy heart. 

 

Your offering is valued by God based on the attitude with which you give, and not by how much you give.

 

What is your attitude about giving? 

 

Is it time, AND talent, AND treasure?  Or is it time OR talent OR treasure?  It is not God’s desire for us to be one-dimensional or two-dimensional.  God loves when we are ALL IN.  Mark, Chapter 12, Verse 30…

 

/MARK 12:30

“…and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”\

 

A church is an entity with expenses and no income. 

 

You provide the income with your giving.  Your attitude toward your church is best when it is, “God provides a church to feed me…I’ll honor God by feeding them back.” 

 

Giving is not God’s way of raising money.  It is his way of raising his sons and daughters.  He wants us to be generous children of the living God who reflect His generous approach to His creatures.  Give generously.  Barah Ministries is po!  We need it!

 

/OFFERING

FLIGHT OF THE EAGLE

Dave McClure, Instrumental\

 

/THE LORD’S SUPPER CELEBRATION\

 

Good Evening!

 

My name is Deacon Denny Goodall.  It is with great joy that I Welcome you all to… 

 

/THE LORD’S SUPPER CELEBRATION

"Will you show partiality for Him?\

 

Today, just as we do every month…we choose to celebrate the Lord’s Supper…a meal of remembrance.  It’s a way to demonstrate our love for the Lord Jesus Christ.  We choose to eat, by breaking bread…we choose to drink, by tasting the fruit of the vine…and we choose to look back to the Cross…one of the most significant occurrences of LOVE in divine history.  First Corinthians, Chapter 11, Verse 26 says…

 

/FIRST CORINTHIANS 11:26

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the significance of the Lord’s death until He comes.\

 

At the Lord’s Supper Celebration, as a gathering of His believers, we remember the Lord’s death on the Cross which paid the price for Adam’s sin…the sin that is credited to the account of all mankind at physical birth…the sin resulting in spiritual death for all.  First Corinthians, Chapter 15, Verse 22 (the first part)…

 

/FIRST CORINTHIANS 15:22 

For all those in union with Adam are set to die the second death…\

 

At the Lord’s Supper Celebration, we choose to remember the shedding of the Lord’s blood to cleanse us from the unrighteousness caused by Adam’s sin.  We choose to remember, with gladness, that the Lord Jesus Christ made a way for His creatures to be reconciled to Him…to be in fellowship with Him…by dying on a Cross…and by being resurrected from the dead three days later.  His resurrection from the dead proved that He is Deity…death could not contain Him…and it gave all mankind hope…a cure for our unrighteousness at birth.  Colossians, Chapter 2 Verses 13 and 14 say…

 

 

 

 

/COLOSSIANS 2:13

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,\

 

/COLOSSIANS 2:14

Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.\

 

Anyone notice the repetition of us choosing to take part in the Lord’s Supper?  Well/Good…I want to emphasize that our life is based on the decisions we make each day.  What is the basis for our decisions?  Are they based on a foundation of Truth or are they based on our own biases?

When we’re faced with a choice do we run it through the filter of the Bible or the filter of our heart?

 

/JEREMIAH 17:9

"The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?\
 

As I choose to look back at the cross I see an event that changed human life forever whether you choose to believe it or not.  I see our Lord and Savior decide to lay down his life for whosoever.  He laid down His life for people He knew would never believe in Him.  He had no partiality.  He wasn’t playing favorites.  He didn’t just save Jews or just save Gentiles.  He delivered us all.  No matter what you look like or how you act or where you are from…well maybe not Detroit…the Lord Jesus Christ has done all the hard work necessary for our salvation to be a simple painless choice.  The most important choice…Believe in Him or not.

 

/ACTS 4:12

"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."\

 

As the Holy Spirit and I were writing this message I was thinking about how Pastor Rory has mentioned the obsessive nature of being a teacher.  He said that it’s hard to let certain ideas go without a thorough investigation.  Well this is the topic that I can’t let go. 

What do we base our decisions on…Facts…the Truth that exist in the Bible …or Fiction…the bias or partiality that exist in our head?  Or as Job chapter 13 verse 8 says…the source for my title of the lesson. 

 

/JOB 13:8

"Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God?

 

Are you like a judge who is not fair by favoring one party in a trial?  So everything you learn is all based on what you favor.

 

Where do our beliefs and opinions come from?  If we’re like most people, we probably like to think that our beliefs are the result of years of experience and completely objective analysis of the available information.  The reality is that all of us are susceptible to a tricky problem.   It’s a problem I probably shouldn’t even tell you about but I care.  So I’m going to tell you for your own good.  Have you ever heard of Confirmation Bias? 

 

/CONFIRMATION BIAS

Confirmation bias refers to a type of selective thinking whereby one tends to notice and to look for what confirms one's beliefs, and to ignore, not look for, or undervalue the relevance of what contradicts one's beliefs./

 

Said another way…confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one's preexisting beliefs or hypotheses.

 

If we’re honest we rarely take a step back and ask ourselves what biases are causing us to make ill-advised or unwise decisions?  I think our biases can actually harm relationships with ourselves, others and God.

 

Let’s talk about a few examples…take a look at the click bait that’s basically on every website…except ours.  They all play on our lusts and emotions.  I read of a recent study that says watching a major sporting event stresses the heart the very same way as running.  What does my confirmation bias see…I see that I don’t have the time to exercise anymore right?  But what I missed was the study also said it was only the heart that was stressed not the skeletal or muscular systems.  But I tuned that out… I saw what I needed to see.

 

There was recently a Christian numerologist who predicted the biblical doomsday on September 23rd.   He said by the end of October the world may enter a seven-year tribulation period.  A lot of people agree and they see what they think are all the signs for the last days…Hurricanes, Earthquakes, N. Korea testing nukes, the savagery of terrorism…What’s next? 

Well what’s funny to me is that humans have thought these very same things since the Bible was written.  We’re actually in a period of reduced mortality rates and major weather events.  We’re also in a period of wall-to-wall media and nothing sells like death and violence.  It’s sad to say but it’s true. 

 

So how charitable are we when the end of the world is in three weeks?  How much unconditional love are we going to show during our daily commute?

 

Or how about a part of life that we just studied like marriage…a friend of mine told me a story about his cousin who is a nurse and works with a large number of people.  Well one of the nurses divorced and was telling everyone how great it was to be single again.  She was most likely confirming biases of those around her.  Anyone struggling in a marriage may hear her and think, “Yup I’m following her lead and not the Troof of the bible.”      

 

Speaking of the bible lets see what it has to say about our biases.  While we may be confused the Truth in the Bible is never confused.  The Bible is clear that the favoritism and partiality in bias do not reflect the essence of God.

 

Both the New Testament and Old Testament agree…Deuteronomy chapter 10 verse 17

 

/ DEUTERONOMY 10:17

"For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.\

 

Then we have Romans chapter 2 verse 11 says

 

/Romans 2:11

For there is no partiality with God\

 

/JAMES 2:8

If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well.\

 

/JAMES 2:9

But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.\

 

The Truth in the Bible is clear on this matter.  Lets hear from a couple guys that are much more eloquent than myself.

 

/“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”-Mark Twain\

 

/Most of us are not really approaching the subject [scriptures] in order to find out what Christianity says: we are approaching it [them] in the hope of finding support from Christianity for the views of our own party.”

― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity\

 

As humans, we tend to form judgments based on selfish, personal criteria rather than seeing others as God sees them. May we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and make decisions that follow His example of treating every person with God’s love like we see in John chapter 3 verse 16.

 

/John 3:16

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.\

 

Or how about this obscure verse that only a couple dozen people are aware of…Romans chapter 12 verses 1 and 2

 

/ROMANS 12:1

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.\

 

/ROMANS 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.\

 

 

Once we learn about confirmation bias we start seeing it everywhere.  We see it in the media, we see it in our relationships, and we see it in our arguments.  So what should we as Christians do instead of just confirming our biases or prejudices?  We should seek out the Truth of the Bible since we know it to be absolute Truth and the Truth sets us free.  We see in John chapter 8 verses 31 and 32. 

 

/JOHN 8:31

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine\

 

/JOHN8:32

 And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”\

 

We should see the cross as a symbol of freedom.  It set us free from our slavery in Adam and the slavery to the law.  We enslave ourselves when we base our lives on relative things that we want to hear rather than absolute truth that we don’t always want to hear.  Galatians chapter 5 verse 1 reminds us… 

 

/GALATIANS 5:1

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.\

 

So we are set free by the cross and the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to base our decisions on Fact and not Fiction.  We are to remember the freedom and truth we have in the cross.  We are to remember that the cross has no bias.

There is no bias at the cross or in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let’s look at Romans chapter 10 verse 9…

 

/ROMANS 10:9

That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved\

 

Anyone can be saved no matter who they are or what they’ve done in their life.  We all have a choice in life because God didn’t pick favorites or have a bias towards any specific race or creed.

 

 

 

/ACTS 2:21

'AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'\

 

 /DEUTERONOMY 32:4

“The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.\

 

The cross is truly the best symbol of fairness that will ever exist.

 

/THE LORD’S SUPPER CELEBRATION:

Enjoying the Elements\

 

Following God’s request, we to keep on celebrating CHRIST and His Cross on a regular basis…we eat to remember who He is as a PERSON…we drink to remember His WORK, the voluntary sacrifice He made at the Cross on our behalf as our sin substitute…and we are grateful for what God has done for us.  First Corinthians, Chapter 11, Verses 23 and 24 say…

 

/FIRST CORINTHIANS 11:23

For I, Paul received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus Christ on the night in which He was betrayed took bread…\

 

/FIRST CORINTHIANS 11:24

and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is, and keeps

 on being My body, which is broken for you…keep on doing this celebration

 for the purpose of remembering Me.”\

 

When we eat the bread during the Lord’s Supper Celebration, we remember the Lord Jesus Christ AS A PERSON. 

 

When we drink the cup, we remember THE WORK of the Lord Jesus Christ.  First Corinthians, Chapter 11, Verses 25 and 26 say…

 

/FIRST CORINTHIANS 11:25

In the same way the Lord Jesus Christ took the cup after supper, representing His death on the Cross, saying, “This cup is a new testament forged with My blood…keep on doing this celebration…and as often as you drink it…do so for the purpose of remembering Me.”\

 

 

/FIRST CORINTHIANS 11:26

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup (as part of the Lord’s Supper Celebration), you proclaim (as a reality and you announce the significance of) the Lord Jesus Christ’s death (on the Cross and His resurrection from the dead) until He comes (again in the second coming).\

 

As you enjoy the bread and the cup, enjoy the memory of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as well. Now and always, let us keep on giving thanks that we are loved unconditionally and accepted fully by THE LORD WHO IS ALWAYS THERE…the One we can depend on…let’s keep on being transformed by His life and His death and His Word…and let’s enjoy His unconditional love Day by Day…and that’s the name of our Lord’s Supper song.

 

/GOD WANTS YOU!

Make the Most Important Decision of Your Life\

 

/ACTS 16:30

“…the jailer asked (Paul and Silas), “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”\

 

/ACTS 16:31

Paul and Silas said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and everyone in your household who also believes.”\

 

/ROMANS 10:10

…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness…and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.\

 

/SECOND PETER 3:9

The Lord is not slow about His promise of salvation, as some accuse Him of, but instead He is patient toward you unbelievers, not wishing for any of you to perish (in the Lake of Fire) but for all of you to come to repentance (a change of mind about having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ).\

 

/LUKE 19:10

“For the Son of Man…the Lord Jesus Christ,,,has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”\

 

/CLOSING SONG

SHOULDERS

For King and Country\

 

/CLOSING PRAYER

Let us pray...\

 

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