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Communion Is Worship

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Communion Is Worship

Communion means intimate fellowship or partnership. The dictionary describes communion as the act of sharing (having in common), an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate time together, fellowship, and a close spiritual relationship. Communion is also referred to as the Lord’s supper, love feast, breaking of the bread, meat and drink offering, or first works.

In communion we use two elements: bread and juice. Each one is significant and has it’s own meaning and benefits. Also when the two are brought together, it is very significant and powerful. When we receive the communion elements (bread and juice) we are to remember Jesus – what He has done for us and what He is going to do for us. We also look forward to His return to take His bride home and we commit fresh and anew our commitment to prepare to be His bride. When we receive the communion elements (bread / juice) we enter into a very special (sacred) time with God.

1 Corinthians 11:25-26 NIV
“In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is
the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

Jesus instituted communion (the Lord’s Supper), as we know it today, after His final Passover meal was eaten. Jesus had celebrated many Passover meals before in His life and had even celebrated several with His disciples before this time.

Luke 22:15 NKJV
“Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer’ ”

Communion is not a magic formula or any mystical. It is a time of reflection. Communion is not to be worshipped – God is to be worshipped in and through communion.

Numbers 21:4-9 NKJV
“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”
So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”

When bitten by a serpent, the people were to look at the bronze serpent on the pole and they would be healed. However, after a period of time the people began to worship the bronze serpent instead of God. In the same sense, we are to worship the God that gave us communion as a means of being healed, not the communion elements themselves.

We live in a fallen world and because of that there are diseases, sicknesses and sin. The threefold atoning work of Jesus brought healing for our body, soul and spirit. During communion you should reflect on the reality that Jesus took your sicknesses and your sin. Make it personal – even in the midst of a crowd.

1 Corinthians 10:15-16 NKJV
“I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”

Communion is a time of sharing, a time of exchange, a time of close spiritual relationship, and a time of fellowship.

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Dear Father,
Thank-you for giving Your Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for our sins. Through Jesus we have the privilege of having an intimate relationship with You. Thank-you for the atoning work of Jesus which brought healing for our body, soul and spirit. Help us to fully understand the reality that Jesus took our sicknesses and our sin. May we never worship communion, but let us worship You in communion. By the power of the Holy Spirit, reveal to us everything that we have been given through communion. As we receive communion cause us to remember Jesus – what He has done for us and what He is going to do for us. May we also look forward to His return to take us, His bride, home. And we commit fresh and anew our commitment to prepare to be His bride.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

The Lord’s Supper

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          The Lord’s Supper is also referred to as communion. On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus gave us “communion” as we know it today.

1 Corinthians 11:25-26  NIV    

“In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is

the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

          The dictionary describes communion as the act of sharing (having in common), an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate time together, fellowship, and a close spiritual relationship. When we receive the communion elements (bread / juice) we enter into a very special (sacred) time with God.

1. Sharing

Share means to use, enjoy, or have something in common with another. Share emphasizes the idea of common possession, enjoyment, and use.

Romans 8:15-17  NKJV    

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

          Communion is a time to remember that you share an inheritance with Jesus because of what He did for you. We are joint heirs with Christ. Those who have received the salvation that Jesus paid for are the sons of God. They have been adopted into the family of God. Because of  this adoption, they will receive an eternal reward (inheritance). God has already set aside a wonderful inheritance for each believer in heaven.

1 Peter 1:3-5  NKJV    

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

2. Exchange Of Thoughts And Feelings

Exchange is to give one thing for another or to substitute one thing for another. When we exchange something we replace it. Communion should be a time of exchange. During communion we should exchange our mind, will, and emotions for those of Christ.

A.) Mind: Communion is a time of renewing your mind. It is very important for us to have the mind of Christ. When we have the mind of Christ we can resist the temptations of this world. We will also see ourselves as God sees us.

Romans 12:2  NKJV   

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

          When we have the mind of Christ we will strive to be obedient to the Father, just as Christ was obedient to the Father. Obedience comes from having the mind of Christ. Humility will also be part of our life as we take on the mind of Christ. All of our actions begin with a thought (within our minds).

Having the mind of Christ is important for the corporate body as well as the individual believer. As a body we must think and act like Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:6  NKJV    

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”

Romans 8:5-8  NKJV    

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal minded life is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

1 Corinthians 2:14-16  NKJV    

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

        During communion you can exchange your worries and fears for the peace of God. As we keep our focus on God we will be at peace no matter what we see, feel or experience. When we have the mind of Christ we will be at peace. It will be a ‘perfect  peace’, one that comes only from God.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV   

  “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

B.) Will: The power of the mind to decide and do; deliberate control over our thoughts and actions; purpose; determination; what is chosen to be done; a legal statement of a person‘s wishes, feeling toward another.

Communion is a time of exchanging our will, our hopes, our dreams and our goals for those of God.

John 4:34  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

          Jesus desired to do the will of the Father, and we too should desire the same. Jesus delighted (desired greatly) and was determined  to do what His Father wished.

Psalms 40:8  NKJV  

   “I delight to do Your will, O my God,

And Your law is written within my heart.”

          Communion is a wonderful time to hear the voice of God as His Spirit teaches and instructs you to do His will.

Psalms 143:10  NKJV   

  “Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God; Your Spirit is good.

Lead me in the land of uprightness.”

          Communion is a time when we can rededicate our lives to God and renew our commitment to Him. It is a time when we can express our desire to do His will and not our own. Like Jesus, each one of us must come to a point in our lives when we say, “Not my will Lord, but Yours.”

Luke 22:42  NKJV  

  “…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

C.) Emotions

Our emotions are the tender and sensitive part of us. Feeling, emotion and passion are pleasant or painful sensations produced in a person in reaction to something. Examples of these sensations are: love, joy, grief, fear, hate, anger, excitement, or sorrow. Communion is a time when we should exchange our emotions, our feeling, and our passions for those of Christ.

3. An Intimate Time With God

Communion is a very intimate time with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The dictionary describes intimate as very familiar; known very well; closely acquainted; resulting from close familiarity; close; personal; private; far within; deepest; inmost; a close friend. Communion is truly a very special, personal and private (even when in a corporate setting)  time between you and your very best friend that takes place deep within your inmost being. As we draw close to God (intimate with) He will fill us with living water. There will be a river of living water coming out of those who are intimate with God. It will satisfy not only them, but others may drink from the water and be satisfied.

John 7:37-38  NKJV    

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

          Because of your intimacy with God, He will guide you, satisfy you and strengthen you. It is only natural to want to bless the ones that you are intimate with. The Holy Spirit will satisfy our thirst and produce a fountain flowing out of us for others.

Isaiah 58:11  NKJV    

“The Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;

You shall be like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

4. Fellowship

Communion is a time when you can experience true fellowship with the Trinity. Fellowship is a condition or quality of being a member; companionship; friendship; a being one of the group; membership; brotherhood.

1 John 1:6-7  NKJV   

  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

          When you have fellowship with someone you will reflect their character. Our fellowship with God is dependent on walking in the light of God. In God’s light sin can be revealed (by the Holy Spirit). When the Holy Spirit exposes sin we can go to Jesus for forgiveness. Communion can be a wonderful time of forgiveness and restoration.

5. Close Spiritual Relationship

Close: with little space between; near; fitting tightly; tight; having its parts near together; intimate; dear.

          Spiritual: having to do with the spirit or soul; caring much for the things of the spirit or soul. 

          Relationship: connection; condition of belonging to the same family.

          During communion your spirit can connect with the Spirit of God. It is a time to draw near to God.