Worship Series #5:  The Lord's Supper
Purpose:  To help Christians into more meaningful Communion

1.  The Lord's Supper, what does it mean?
2.  Middle ages, it was thought that they literally become body and blood
3.  Reformers all argued against it.
4.  Do you know what all is involved in the Lord's Supper
5.  Things the Lord's Supper is called and their significance:

I.  Lord's Supper (I Corinthians 11:17-34)
      A.  The only place the words, "Lord's Supper" is used is here
      B.  The place of honor at this supper in Jesus
            1.  It is the Lord's Table, on the Lord's day in the Lord's house
We are the guest, not Jesus
            3.  When invited to a meal, it is usually due to peaceful relations
                   (after a battle)
      C.  Who presided at the Lord's Table this morning?
            1.  An African preacher once said that it was
Jesus, not a man
                who presided
           2.  No one stood at the head of the table in Africa
      D.  At a formal meal when someone tinkles the glass, it is rude not to
           pay attention
          1.  Remember whose table you are at and in whose house
          2.  Remember the nature of this meal

II.  A remembrance (memorial)
      A.  (I Cor 11:24-25) - Remembrance,  lit "do this memorial of me"
      B.  What is a memorial
            1.  American Memorials:  Lincoln Memorial; Independence Day;
            2.  Jewish practice of the Passover (Different)
                  a.  Exodus 12:11 - The Lord's Passover  (12:14 - a
                  b.  It was more than just remembrance, it was an experience
                        -Eating the sacrificial lamb
                        -Eating unleavened bread and bitter herbs
                  c.  Mishnah: "In every generation a man must so regard
                       himself as if he came forth himself out of Egypt"
                        -Every Jew saw himself as a participant
(dress, and retold
                         the story)
                        -Instead of just recalling the past, the past was brought to
                         the present
                  d.  Youngest person at table would ask his Father "Why is this
                       night different from all other    nights?"  Reply: Would tell
                       the story of the Exodus
                        - He would say:  He brought
"us" out of Egypt, not our
                          "ancient ancestors"
                        -Passover to re-live the mighty deliverance of God (
                          past to present)
                  e.  THAT is what a memorial was to Jews
      C.  In our Memorial of the Lord's Supper
            1.  It is more than just a remembrance
            2.  We very vividly remember our deliverance through Jesus
            3.  Effect:   - Reflect on our own unworthiness & God's
              - Gain a renewed perspective on our place before God
              - Re-Dedication - JOY
not same as a memorial (sad funeral)
                 Jesus is ALIVE

III.  It is a Fellowship/Participation
A.  I Corinthians 10:16-18
            1.  Words used in translation:  Fellowship, Participation,
            2.  More than just a remembrance
      B.  2 aspects of Fellowship
             1.  Fellowship with Christ                                                             
                    a.  Fellowship in the Altar  (meals that follow a sacrifice)
                        (body & blood 2 saw as 2 different things Lv 8:14-17)
                    b.  Today we partake of the sacrifice spiritually weekly
It involves fellowship/ Participation in the New

                          - (I Cor 11:25), The New Covenant in my blood
                          - To drink from the cup (covenant) is to share/participate
                              in it
                          - It is a sign of friendship and loyalty to the participants     
              2.  Fellowship with one another
(It is not just an individual ritual,
                   it is a community fellowship)
                     a.  I Cor 10:16-17 - One bread, One body
                     b.  Combines the imagery of the body (church) and the
                           body (Christ)
                     c.  I Cor 11:27-29
                          -Problem with Oneness (Lord's Supper along socio-
                           economic lines)
                          -If do not regard the body rightly, (11:17) worse off than
                          -v. 33 Wait for one another (lack of consideration for
                           one another bad
      C.  John Doe just had argument with_______, bad week, angry,
            struggling with attitude
             1.  Either 2 Things happen at the Lords Supper
                   1-Reconciliation (worthy manner)   or 
             2.  You cannot be right with God and not be right with your
                   brother (hypocritical)

IV.  It is a Proclamation
      A.  I Cor 11:26 - As often as you eat...proclaim...until He comes
      B.  It looks backward, present and forward
             1.  We eat it often, to look back to the Cross
             2.  We reflect on our present blessings in Christ
             3.  We also proclaim (preach) his resurrection until he comes
      C.  Went to a Funeral, reflect on the past many times
             -Major difference, LS also looks to the future
      D.  It is a time of anticipation
1.  1) Lord's Supper  2) Remembrance/Thanksgiving  3) Fellowship
4) Proclamation

2.  We don't Spend enough time with the Lord's Supper (some go through it too quick)
  - When having good time with friend at dinner, you stay long

3.  Isaiah 25:6-9 - Prophecy of a great Messianic Banquet (we anticipate) (Lk 13:28-29) 

4.  Question:  Do you partake in a worthy manner?   (relationship with brother?/God?)