13 Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. 14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.” 16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it. 18 Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness. 19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment. 20 “After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ 23 From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus—24 after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’ 26 “Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. 27 For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him. 28 And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. 29 Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. 30 But God raised Him from the dead. 31 He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. 32 And we declare to you glad tidings—that promise which was made to the fathers. 33 God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’ 34 And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’ 35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm: ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’ 36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; 37 but He whom God raised up saw no corruption. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you: 41 ‘Behold, you despisers, Marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, A work which you will by no means believe, Though one were to declare it to you.’ ”
In Paul’s sermon, we see the Gospel and the fulfillment of God’s promise through Jesus Christ.
God’s love for us.
Man’s sinful nature.
God’s ongoing blessings.
Man’s continued rejection of God’s provision.
The separation that our sin creates between us and our Creator.
The prophecy of a Messiah come to be through Jesus.
The Son of God, sent by God, for the will and the Kingdom of God.
Jesus was sent for all who would listen and believe.
A perfect Jesus who lived a sinless life.
Jesus giving His life willingly, a final sacrifice for the sins of all men.
Victory over death and all things that would separate us from Him.
Sufficiency of Christ, there is no other and He is enough.
The urgency of the Gospel.
It is because of God’s love for us and because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins that we administer the ordinance of The Lord’s Supper. It portrays the atoning sacrifice of our Savior for you and I.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
But Paul warns us about how we receive the bread and the cup.
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
1 Corinthians 11:26-
Paul’s warning is for the division in the church of Corinth. A church that shares in the Lord’s Supper should be united under Christ for the glory and kingdom of God. When we take of the bread and the cup, we are proclaiming that we believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus!
We need to understand that the Lord’s Supper is not for those that are worthy. For none of us is worthy of God’s mercies. Without Him, we are lost, undone, weak and unworthy of any of His blessings. It is because we are unworthy that Jesus came to seek and to save. And it is because of the hope and salvation in Him, that we share in this holy ordinance.
No one among us is worthy of the love and suffering of Christ Jesus. But scripture makes it clear that we must take it in a worthy manner.
We must look at ourselves and judge ourselves honestly. We must examine our motives, examine our hearts, make sure there is no dissension with other believers, be sure to not have any unconfessed sin, to take the supper solemnly and rightly understand that it represents the sacrifice of Christ.
We will take a few minutes for response, self reflection and prayer.
We are guests at your table....we are unworthy.....as we gather, may we remember why He died.....Your love and grace and righteousness....forgiveness, hope, eternal life.....As we take the bread and cup, may your Spirit fill us and strengthen us until we are called home.
Administer the bread. Please hold your portion until everyone is served.
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is given for us. Let us eat together.
Administer the cups. Please hold your cup until everyone is served.
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
1 Corinthians 11:
The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which we have the forgiveness of sins. Let us drink together.
In Matthew’s telling of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus says these words:
29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
We can look forward to the day when we drink the new wine in our Father’s Kingdom with Him. We will dismiss today in the same manner that they did.
Will you stand with us as we sing.