The Lord's Supper Celebration - At the Cross, the Lord Jesus Christ Reconciled Us to His Father
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Welcome to Barah Ministries…an intimate, local Christian Church with worldwide impact. My name is Pastor Rory Clark. Welcome to this Bible lesson! In Second Timothy, Chapter 4, Verses 3 and 4 the apostle Paul explains a harsh truth to his protégé…
SECOND TIMOTHY 4:3
For the time will come when believers in Christ will not seek out sound teaching…instead, wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires…
SECOND TIMOTHY 4:4
…and they will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
The world is filled with ear tickler teachers, they just don’t live here at Barah Ministries. We want our ears tickled with the truth.
At Barah Ministries we know this truth…that Jesus Christ is God. As the Lord He is 100% Deity…He is God the Son, a member of the Triune Godhead. He is also 100% human just like you and me, and His name is Jesus Christ. The Lord…God the Son…became flesh…Jesus Christ...and lived among us. He is the uniquely born One…100% God and 100% man in one Person forever. He is the Sovereign God of the Universe. He is the Jewish Messiah.
At Barah Ministries, we make a difference by teaching the Word of God
from God’s perspective and not from man’s perspective. As those who make Barah Ministries our spiritual home, we are Christians. Being a Christian means we believe in the DEITY of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we have a deep, intimate, and personal relationship with Him.
God has an enemy, Satan, whom God made ‘the ruler of this world.’ He is a liar who deceives the whole world, including you and me. He doesn't want us to get to know God, and he interferes with our chance to know God. In John, Chapter 12, Verse 31, the Lord says…
“Now judgment is upon this world…now the ruler of this world (Satan) will be cast out (he will be dethroned at a future time).”
Satan’s strategy against the human race is religion, which is designed to make us either indifferent or antagonistic to God. Matthew, Chapter 23, Verse 15 says…
"Woe to you scribes and Pharisees…you hypocrites! You travel around on sea and land to make one convert to your religion and when he becomes converted, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are!"
Religion deceives many into thinking they are saved when they might not be…and it works really well! Billions of people are deceived. Those who are deceived by religion don’t stop to examine the doctrines of their religion to look for the deception.
The Word of God…the Bible…is the truth…and it informs us about Satan's insidious deceptions. As believers in Christ, we are in union with Christ, and we have the victory over Satan through our Lord, who has overcome the world.
TODAY'S BIBLE LESSON
What Difference Does It Make That You Are on the Planet?
That’s a question that demands an answer from each one of us. There will be a time when each of us are described in an obituary, and it hardly matters that we were here, and that we had a family, and that we had a job, and then we left. God brought you to earth to make a difference in the lives of others. Do you? Or are you selfish?
We continue our study of a pretty selfish group, the first century believers at Corinth…in addition, as we do every month, today we'll celebrate The Lord's Supper. We have peace with God amidst the confusion and turmoil of this world because at the Cross the Lord reconciled us to His Father.
When you look around you in the world and what you see and what you hear is discouragement, don’t be conformed to the world’s system of thinking! Remember Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 11…
But if the Holy Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, and of course He does, believers in Christ, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give the resurrection life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
We are encouraged by the power the Lord shares with us…and Jeremy Camp says it is the SAME POWER that resurrected our Lord from the grave!
MUSIC AND REFLECTION
Be Occupied with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ
Enjoy the Singing of His Praises
Let us pray...
We're grateful, Heavenly Father, for the privilege of studying Your absolute truth...the Word of God…
Father, thank you for the tribulation and the challenge of living in a world that is loud with chaos…thank you for the clarity that Your personal plan for us gives to our lives…and thank you for the confidence a relationship with You and Your Son and the Spirit brings to our existence…
Help us to stop counting on ourselves for power, and instead let us remember to count on You…
…we ask this through the power of God the Holy Spirit…in Christ's
TODAY'S BIBLE LESSON
What Difference Does It Make That You Are on the Planet?
In First Corinthians, Chapters 12 to 14, the apostle Paul is answering another question that has been posed by Chloe’s people. Some believers in the Corinthian congregation were claiming to be more spiritual than others because of their spiritual gift. These "spiritual elite" wanted others to know that because their spiritual gift was a communication gift, the gift of tongues for example, that their gift was better. Yet we know that God is not a God of partiality. In Acts Chapter 10, Verse 34…
Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality…"
In addition, God the Holy Spirit doesn’t play favorites in His distribution of spiritual gifts. He does not give spiritual gifts to cause divisions, nor does He give spiritual gifts to give certain people the idea that they are better than others. Instead, God the Holy Spirit gives gifts to promote unity, and for the good of all in the Body of Christ.
Here are the verses we studied early in December as we opened this three-chapter passage…First Corinthians, Chapter 12, Verses 1 to 12…
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:1
Now concerning the "spiritually gifted ones," brethren (you fellow believers
in Christ), I do not want you to be ignorant (since you're so smart and so knowledgeable).
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:2
You know that in the past…when you were pagans…you were led astray again and again to lifeless idols…in whatever way you were led away (usually by a demonic power).
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:3
Therefore, I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God (a spirit-filled, spiritual believer) says, "Jesus is anathema" … and conversely, no one can say, "Jesus is Lord" … except by the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit.
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:4
Now there are varieties of (grace given) gifts, and all of them come from the same God…the Holy Spirit.
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:5
And there are varieties of ministries, and all come from the same Lord (Jesus Christ).
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:6
There are varieties of effects…but all come from the same God the Father who works all things together for good in all persons.
All three members of the Trinity participate in spiritual gifting…God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ along with God the Holy Spirit as the previous three verses indicate…yet God the Holy Spirit is the owner of the distribution of the various gifts.
The Greek word for gift is charisma. As a person who is gifted by God the Holy Spirit you have a supernatural charisma through your spiritual gift. Are you using it? What does the Greek word charisma mean? One commentator describes it well…
A divine grace gift that comes to expression through ACTION, showing itself as special service for the benefit of others
Paul sends a clear message to the Corinthian believers that using a spiritual gift for selfish purposes is not the intent of God the Holy Spirit. Your spiritual gift emphasizes God the Holy Spirit's grace and wisdom in giving it to you…it does not highlight the believer's use of it. The believers at Corinthians were out of line for flaunting their gift, specifically the gift of tongues. What's the point of a spiritual gift?
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:7
But to each one is given the manifestation of God the Holy Spirit ( a spiritual gift)…by God…for the mutual benefit of all.
The use of the passive voice in this verse indicates that there is no merit in the receiver of the spiritual gift. Your spiritual gift is what God the Holy Spirit uses to do the work of His ministry…SANCTIFICATION…in every believer. Your gift shows up even if you don't. Your spiritual gift is not private…your spiritual gift is not hidden…the glory of God can't be hidden. Each believer brings a different style and a unique flavor of his spiritual gift. The real question is if you will you use your spiritual gift selfishly, or if you will you use your spiritual gift for the benefit of the Body of Christ.
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:8
For to one believer in Christ is given the message of wisdom…God given insight through God the Holy Spirit…and to another believer in Christ is given the message of knowledge according to the same God the Holy Spirit…
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:9
…to another believer in Christ is given supernatural faith by the same God the Holy Spirit…and to another believer in Christ is given the gift of healing by the One…God the Holy Spirit…
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:10
…and to another believer in Christ is given divine power for the effecting of miracles…and to another believer in Christ is given the gift of prophecy… and to another believer in Christ is given the ability for the distinguishing of spirits…and to another believer in Christ is given various kinds of tongues…and to another believer in Christ is given the interpretation of tongues.
Your spiritual gift is a ministry. Your ministry is designed to edify other believers in Christ…the members of the Body of Christ. Your spiritual gift is powered by God the Holy Spirit and it reflects, among other things, His unconditional love, both for you and for all mankind. You reflect the fruit of the Spirit in using your spiritual gift.
FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:11
But one and the same God the Holy Spirit works all these things… distributing to each one a grace given gift…individually…just as He wills.
Do you want to know your spiritual gift? You can only discover it through effort. The entire Christian Way of Living is learned through experiences. When you begin to give of yourself, you will learn whom God designed you to be. So get busy! When we return from the break, we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper and we’ll see how the Lord reconciled us to His Father at the Cross.
FIVE MINUTE BREAK
TODAY'S BIBLE LESSON
What Difference Does It Make That You Are on the Planet?
Deacon Denny Goodall is a giver. It makes a big difference that He is on the planet! For years he has been an ever-present help in the background of Barah Ministries. So it was pretty heart wrenching to hear him express frustration in the elder’s meeting yesterday. His concern is that it looks like the world is winning and as Christians we are simply pawns in the world. I’m sure you feel the same way at times. I know I have.
The world isn’t winning. The Lord put it on my heart to send that message to our Deacon and to all of you who might have forgotten because you’re listening more to the propaganda of the world than you are to the Word of God. God’s message to you is…LIFT UP YOUR EYES! The Lord will be coming again, and He will be coming in a time when the world is in chaos. The Lord warned of things to come in Luke, Chapter 21, Verses 25 to 28…
“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars…and on the earth there will be dismay among nations…in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves…”
“…there will be men fainting from fear and from the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world…for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
We are members of the Lord’s kingdom and He will be coming for us at the proper time. Until then, don’t stop giving….don’t stop living…and don’t start listening to the people who are lost for your direction. We’re winning and YOU make a difference. Let's welcome up Deacon Denny Goodall, a difference maker, with today’s offering message.
Deacon Denny Goodall
Let us believers in Christ hold fast to the confession of our hope…(our absolute confidence in the promises of God)…without wavering…for God the Father who promised is faithful…
…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to unconditional love and to good deeds…not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some…instead encouraging one another…especially encouraging one another all the more as we see the day (the second coming of Christ) drawing near.
THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU
THE LORD’S SUPPER CELEBRATION
At the Cross, the Lord Jesus Christ Reconciled Us to His Father
Welcome to The Lord's Supper Celebration, the most intimate expression of our deep, intimate, and loving personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. In this celebration, the Lord reminds us of the unity all believers in Christ possess by sharing His body and His blood with us. In First Corinthians, Chapter 11, Verse 26, the apostle Paul says, on behalf of the Lord…
FIRST CORINTHIANS 11:26
…as often as you eat this bread (representing His body)…and as often as
you drink this cup (representing His blood)…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 at the second coming.
Every month, we celebrate The Lord's Supper to REMEMBER. We
REMEMBER that we are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, dependent on Him for our so great salvation; we REMEMBER that we believers in Christ are in union with Christ and we can't get out of our union with Him; we REMEMBER that the Lord loves us unconditionally; we REMEMBER that we are forgiven for every sin we commit…past, present, and future; and we REMEMBER that we have the Lord's grace to help in times of need, especially when we make mistakes.
The Lord's Supper Celebration is often called communion. It's our chance to commune with the Lord. It's a sacred celebration, so it's not something we take for granted. It's not something we do "on the fly." It's a time to have bread and wine in front of us, and as we enjoy the elements, we remember our dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ, both for our physical sustenance and for our spiritual sustenance.
During the Lord's Supper Celebration, Jesus wants His believers to look
back for a few moments. We look back to the Cross to REMEMBER how He rescued us from the kingdom of darkness…we look back to the Cross to REMEMBER the sacrifice of His shedding blood to cover our sins…we look back to REMEMBER the deliverance to the resurrection life He orchestrated, bringing us into His kingdom of light. During the Lord's Supper Celebration, Jesus wants His believers to look forward as well, in ANTICIPATION that He IS coming again.
As we celebrate The Lord's Supper, we ask ourselves in reflection, "What did the Lord Jesus Christ do for us at the Cross?" This month we acknowledge that at the Cross, the Lord Jesus Christ reconciled us to His Father.
As human beings, there is one thing we hope never happens to us…betrayal. Yet it always happens, many times through the hands of our closest family members.
When you think of traitors, what names come to mind? The world has been filled with them. Satan, the enemy of God, is an obvious choice from angelic history. He was the bodyguard of God the Son, and He betrayed his Lord. In human history, maybe Judas Iscariot comes to mind. He betrayed the Lord for money and it led to the Lord’s crucifixion at the Cross. Perhaps you remember Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, Roman senators who orchestrated the assassination of Julius Caesar.
The original traitors in human history were Adam and Eve. In Genesis, Chapter 2, Verses 16 and 17, the Lord directs Adam…
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely…”
“…but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat…
for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die (spiritually first…then physically).”
Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord’s command…Genesis, Chapter 3, Verse 6…
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate…and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Their betrayal put an enmity…a condition of hostility…between God and mankind. Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 12…
Therefore… just as through one man, Adam, sin entered into the world…and spiritual death entered the world through sin…and so spiritual death spread to all men…because all men were considered by God the Father to have sinned when Adam sinned…
From that point on, God and man did not get along.
At the Cross, the Lord Jesus Christ restored the peace between God and mankind. This restoration is called reconciliation. What is reconciliation?
The removal of an enmity…the restoration of harmony…the reinstatement of peace.
Do you remember Rodney King, who was beaten mercilessly by members of the Los Angeles Police Department? Do you remember what he asked as he tried to restore the peace in the midst of rioting in Los Angeles? Rodney asked, “Can we all just get along?” Sorry Rodney…in the world, there is no peace. The world will never get along.
Because of the Person and the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ at the Cross, peace between mankind and God is restored. Colossians, Chapter 2, Verses 13 and 14…
When you were spiritually dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh…God the Father made you spiritually alive together with Christ…having forgiven us all our transgressions…
…and 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.
Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 1…
Therefore, having been justified on the principle of faith in the past, we believers in Christ now and forevermore keep on having peace with God the Father through our union with the Lord Jesus Christ…
Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 11…
And not only this (much more), but we believers in Christ also exult in God the Father through our union with the Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Colossians, Chapter 1, Verses 19 to 22…
For it was God the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness (of Deity) to dwell in Christ…
…and through Christ to reconcile all things to Himself…having made peace through the blood of Jesus Christ’s Cross…through Christ to reconcile all things, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
And although you were formerly alienated (from the resurrection life and from God)…and although you were formerly hostile in mind (toward God)…engaged in evil deeds (sins)…
…yet Jesus Christ has now reconciled you (to God the Father) in His fleshly body through (physical) death (on the Cross)…in order to present you before God the Father…holy and blameless and beyond reproach—
Second Corinthians, Chapter 5, Verses 17 to 19…
SECOND CORINTHIANS 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in union with Christ, and all believers in Christ are, there is a new creation…the old things passed away (they died)…behold, new things have come.
SECOND CORINTHIANS 5:18
Now all these things are from God the Father, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…
SECOND CORINTHIANS 5:19
…namely, that God the Father, through the Person and Work of Christ, was reconciling the world to Himself…not counting their trespasses against them…and God the Father has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Romans, Chapter 6, Verse 14…
For sin shall not (any longer) be a master (a lord) over you, for you are not under law but you are under grace.
When we were God the father’s enemy, He provided the solution that allows us to be reconciled to Him. The solution is His Son, who dies in our place so that we can be saved. I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to do the reconciliation for those who betray me. If you don’t think God is special, you’re not looking at the evidence…because NOBODY would do things the way He does them. NOBODY!
THE LORD'S SUPPER CELEBRATION
Enjoying the Lord's Supper Elements
Obeying our Lord's command, we keep on celebrating Christ regularly…we eat bread to remember who He is as a PERSON... the One and ONLY Sovereign God of the Universe…we drink wine to remember His WORK on the Cross…the voluntary sacrifice He made to deliver us from sovereignty to sin. We remember with gratitude what God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ have done to save us. Luke, Chapter 22, Verses 14 to 16…
When the hour came (and His crucifixion was set for the next day)…Jesus reclined at the table…and the apostles reclined with Him.
RECLINING AT THE TABLE SLIDE
And Jesus said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…for I say to you, I shall not eat it again until all that it means is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."
Luke, Chapter 22, Verses 19 to 23…
And when Jesus had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body, which is being broken for you…keep on doing this in remembrance of Me."
And in the same way, Jesus took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup, which is poured out for you, is the new covenant in My blood."
Jesus continued the celebration, pointing out that He has an enemy…
"But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table."
"For indeed, the Son of Man is going (back to the Father) as it has been
determined…but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"
And the apostles began to debate among themselves which one of them it was who was going to do this.
As believers in Christ, we have chosen not to betray our Lord. Instead, we choose to obey our Lord with this celebration. Let's keep on eating this bread…let's keep on drinking this cup…and let's do both to REMEMBER the Lord. Let this celebration encourage our hearts and our minds with awe and reverence and gratitude. Let's keep on being transformed by the Lord's life…His death…His burial…His resurrection from the dead…His ascension to God the Father…His seating at the Majesty's right hand…and by the nourishment we get from His Word, which feeds our souls.
Second Corinthians, Chapter 4, Verse 4 says…
SECOND CORINTHIANS 4:4
…the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God the Father.
If it weren’t for the Lord, none of us would be saved. The Cross was a statement. When we are at our worst, the Lord gave us His best. Here’s June Murphy to sing about it with her song YOU RAN AFTER ME.
LORD’S SUPPER SONG
YOU RAN AFTER ME
GOD WANTS YOU!
Make the Most Important Decision of Your Life
The Sovereign God of the Universe, the Lord Jesus Christ, wants a relationship with you! He sends evangelists to you to bring you the good news concerning what He did to save you at the Cross.
Unfortunately, God has an enemy who sends evangelists to you as well. First Peter, Chapter 2, Verses 1 to 3 say…
FIRST PETER 2:1
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
FIRST PETER 2:2
Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned…
FIRST PETER 2:3
…and in their greed, they will exploit you with false words…
When a person evangelizes to you, they are guiding you to a gospel message for your consideration. They know they cannot “convert” you, although the pressure you experience from some of them might feel like that’s what they want to do. They are giving you facts to consider. Are their facts true or false? For example, if you’ve ever had Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door, they are evangelizing to you. If you’ve ever had members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints come to your door, they are evangelizing to you. Unfortunately, both of those groups are inviting you to share eternity with them in the Lake of Fire, because neither of these groups believe that Jesus Christ is God. I have family members who are part of one of these religions, and in spite of my best evangelism efforts, my family members don’t want to hear anything that God has to say to them through me.
Many parents are leading their children to a destiny in the Lake of Fire. If you want to assess whether or not you’re a good parent, just ask yourself a simple question…are you influencing your children to have a relationship with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Sovereign God of the Universe?
God the Father has a plan to get you to heaven. Jesus. He is the ONLY WAY to get to heaven according to John, Chapter 14, Verse 6…
Jesus said to the doubting apostle, Thomas, “I am the way (to salvation), and I am the truth (through the gospel message…the Word of God), and I am the resurrection life…and no one comes to God the Father (in heaven) but through believing in Me.”
If a gospel message makes it sound like you have to work to get to heaven, it’s a false gospel message. Romans, Chapter 11, Verse 6 says we don’t have to work to be saved…
…if salvation is by grace (a free gift from God) … and of course it is…it is no longer on the basis of works…otherwise grace (as a free gift) is no longer grace (it is not free).
Romans, Chapter 4, Verse 4 says you CAN’T work for salvation…
Now to the one who works (for salvation), his wage (for his work) is not credited (to his account) as a favor (from the grace of God), but (his wage is credited) as what is due for the work.
Unfortunately, your hardest work is not perfect enough to earn you a spot in heaven.
What can you do instead of working for your salvation? Acts, Chapter 16, Verse 31 says…
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and everyone in your household who also believes.”
John, Chapter 3, Verse 36 warns…
“He who believes in the Son has the resurrection life right at that moment… but he who does not obey the command to believe in the Son will not see the resurrection life…instead the wrath of God (the Lake of Fire) abides on him.”
John, Chapter 3, Verse 17 highlights Jesus’ mission…
For God the Father did not send God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) into the world to judge the world…but the Father sent the Son into the world that the world might be saved through Him.
Who is this God who saves you? The apostle Paul describes the Lord Jesus Christ…in First Corinthians, Chapter 15, Verses 3 and 4…
FIRST CORINTHIANS 15:3
For I (Paul) delivered to you as of first importance the gospel message I also received…that it was Jesus Christ who died for our sins according to the Scriptures…
FIRST CORINTHIANS 15:4
…and that He was buried…and that He was raised from the dead on the third day…according to the Scriptures…
Take the free gift of eternal life right now! There’s no time to waste! God wants you. If you want to go to heaven when you close your eyes in this life, simply believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Our God is OMNISCIENT…He knows all that is knowable. Yet there are some things He chooses not to concern Himself with. Among those things? Our already paid for sins. Here’s June Murphy to remind us…HE REMEMBERS TO FORGET.
HE REMEMBERS TO FORGET
A Doxology of Praise to Our God
Stop worrying about anything…instead, in everything by prayer and petition with an attitude of thanksgiving…let your requests be made known to God the Father.
And the peace of God the Father, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds (flooding your souls with peace)…you who are in union with Christ Jesus.
Now to Jesus Christ…the One who is able to keep you from stumbling…and the One who is able to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy…
…to the only God…our Savior…through our union with Jesus Christ our Lord…be glory…majesty…dominion…and authority…before all time…and now…and forever. Amen.
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