GNG Church and friends,
FAMILY WORSHIP GATHERING THIS SUNDAY:
I hope you are doing well! This week has already gone by fast from my perspective. I look forward to gathering with you all again this Sunday to meet with God, commune with Him as a community, and be sent out full of Him. After digging into scripture and meditating through Lectio Divina on the Lord's Supper - we will finally share this meal together as Jesus told his disciples to do.
As we prepare to eat and drink this meal as followers of Jesus, I encourage you to discern what it means for you to be a part of the body of Christ. As we share this meal together as the body, we will be discerning the body and look to the head for our reconciliation.
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A SIMILAR VISION OF BEING THE CHURCH:
If you have 11 minutes, I also encourage you to check out this video by Francis Chan. His vision of living into the body of Christ is quite similar to what we are trying to live out - exciting stuff!!! Vimeo.com/73407355
Something to consider over the weekend: 1 Corinthians 11 (copy and pasted below) - In this instruction, the called out ones in Corinth were not sharing the meal correctly. Paul is heavy handed in this passage, he is calling out these supposed "called out ones". Its strongly stated that Jesus' followers are to discern the body or in the NLT version: honor the body. Again what is our relationship to others in the body? What was going on in Corinth at this time? Are there other things going on in our relationships with each other?
Blessings, - Eric
Order at the Lord’s Supper
17 But in the following instructions, I cannot praise you. For it sounds as if more harm than good is done when you meet together. 18 First, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it. 19 But, of course, there must be divisions among you so that you who have God’s approval will be recognized!
20 When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper. 21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. 22 What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly will not praise you for this!
23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you.* Do this to remember me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against* the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ,* you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. 32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
33 So, my dear brothers and sisters,* when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other. 34 If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won’t bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together. I’ll give you instructions about the other matters after I arrive.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Co 11:17–34). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.