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The Blood of the Lamb

Matthew 26:20–27 NLT
When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve. While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?” He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!” Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?” And Jesus told him, “You have said it.” As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it,
We come together to remember this time of rememberance to be obedient to scriptures and to remember what Jesus did for each of us. It is important that we understand the scope of communion in our lives. This morning we will take a look at five gret principles of communion.

Communion is a celebration of victory

Rev. 12:10-11
Revelation 12:10–11 NLT
Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last— salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth— the one who accuses them before our God day and night. And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
Communion is the celebration of the new covenant.
Christ won the victory over the devil for us, once for all!
The spirit of communion is a triumphant and victorious, where we are reminded that Jesus is the conqueror
Jesus Christ told us to drink of the cup of the blood of the New Covenant and to “do this in remembrance of Me.”
Jesus Christ told us to drink of the cup of the blood of the New Covenant and to “do this in remembrance of Me.”
o      We are to remember that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God whose blood redeemed us from the power of sin, death, and Satan.
We are to remember that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God whose blood redeemed us from the power of sin, death, and Satan.
The Lord’s Supper—communion or “Eucharist”—comes from the Greek word eucharisteo, which means to give thanks.
Given thanks, eucharisteo. From eu, “well,” and charizomai, “to give freely.”
We are soon coming to our Thanksgiving season. But Thanksgiving is something that should be a part of our daily lives.
To express gratitude or to be thankful. Eleven of the thirty-nine appearances of the word in the New Testament refer to partaking of the Lord’s Supper, while twenty-eight occurrences describe praise words given to the Godhead.
The purpose of communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is to “give thanks.” Communion is to be a celebration of victory.

Principal Two - Communion Is a Proclamation of Redemption

1 Corinthians 11:26 NLT
For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
reads, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
When we take communion, we are to take it as a “proclamation of redemption.”
The only way God could redeem humankind was through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Humankind was in need of a Redeemer and “redeeming costs something.” Every time we come to the Lord’s Table, we are saying, “Jesus died for us; Jesus is my victory, and a price was paid.”
When we come to the Lord’s Supper, we are to be reminded of specific things that God has done for us through His redemption.
Communion means a “sharing in common.”
Together, as the body of Christ, we share what Jesus Christ has done for us.
Communion is a time that bring the church together. One of the greatest forms of friendship is to share a meal. It is where we are able to get to know each other, share in life events, and celebrate milestones. When we take communion we come around the table of the Lord, as a family - the family of Faith Pentecostal. To remember and give thanks for what Jesus accompished on our behalf. To proclaim redemption!

Principal Three - Communion Is a Declaration of Dependence

John 6:53 NLT
So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.
In Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”
When we take communion, we are declaring our total dependence upon Jesus Christ and His power.
As we surrender to His lordship and depend upon Him for our strength, the vibrant and living force (dynamic) of the Holy Spirit is released in us when we partake of His body and blood.
The New Covenant releases supernatural energy into our lives through the blood of Jesus Christ.
It is so important in this day to know who you are, what you believe and who you will follow. Our lives need to be surrendered to him. We need to acknowledge our need for him as our savior. If you are here this morning and you are unsure of where you stand be sure, come to this altar and surrender your all to him.
He is my everything,
He is my all
He is my everything
Both great and small
He gave His life for me
Made everything new
He is my everything
None other will do
4. Principal Four - Communion Is an Examination of Self
Communion is not to be a gloomy and dull ritual, but it is a time when we are to search our own hearts in the presence of God and ask to be cleansed from our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:28–29 NLT
That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 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.
In , , we read, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”
The purpose of this scripture is to teach us to become true disciples who accept the discipline that discipleship brings. Thus we examine ourselves in the light of the Holy Spirit, allowing God’s Spirit to point out in our lives areas in which we are “missing the mark.”
It is here that we take advantage of the blessing that the New Covenant brings. It is the complete forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. We must realize that all of us will sin as we walk with Christ in this life.
Wrong attitudes, living in fear instead of faith, anger, jealousy, and deliberate sins must all be confessed before the Lord, so that we can receive healing, cleansing, and deliverance.
Wrong attitudes and sins, like fear, can bring bondage into our lives and can actually prevent the full release of God’s possibilities in our lives.
In understanding that one of the principles the Bible teaches regarding communion is an examination of self, how can we be sure that we do not turn a healthy examination of self into a morose and self-depreciating ritual?
1 Corinthians 11:28 NLT
That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.
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What is the purpose of self-examination?
1 Corinthians 11:29 NLT
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.
1 Cor. 11:20
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In practical terms, what should be the spiritual result of allowing God to fill our inner beings more completely? Can we rightfully expect to experience greater joy and victory in this process?
Ephesians 3:16–21 NLT
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
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The power of the blood is that Jesus Christ sets us free to be all that we are created to be.
Self-examination, although momentarily difficult, should always lead to personal resurrection and a greater infilling of the Spirit of God.

Principal Five - Communion Is a Reception of Provision

To partake of the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner means that we do not allow the full power and provision of this cup of the New Covenant to be manifest in our lives
1 Corinthians 11:29–32 NLT
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. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
In other words, we limit the full worth of the price He paid for our complete healing and deliverance.
(). In other words, we limit the full worth of the price He paid for our complete healing and deliverance.
The purpose of the blood of the New Covenant is that Jesus Christ paid not only for our sins, but for the full provision for every need in our lives. To take the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner is to limit, by our unbelief, the full provision of what God has done. It is important not to come and take the emblems without asking for forgiveness and making matters right between you and God, to take these emblems without doing so means judgement from the Lord. Therefore this is such an important aspect.
The New Covenant was made available to us by the price of Christ’s blood and His death on the Cross.
The New Covenant provides healing, financial provision, peace of mind, deliverance, freedom from fear, and spiritual power and purpose.
Communion should symbolize for us that the blood of the Covenant, the blood of Jesus, made it possible for us to receive the full worth of God’s unlimited provision in every area of our lives!
The awesome reality of this total provision, made possible by the blood of the covenant, should revolutionize our understanding of how good God is and how this goodness can be manifest in every area of our life
Closing:
Matthew 11:28–30 NKJV
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
In , Jesus said:
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.[3] Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”" (, NKJV
As we consider today the death and resurrection of our Lord; we are going to go into our time of communion now and as we do: Let’s keep our hearts centered on the true meaning of the communion of the Lord – The blood of a new and everlasting Covenant; the blood of Jesus is a celebration of victory over the devil, power over sin, and peace in our hearts.
As we sing I am asking our board members to come and get the emblems ready and we will then ask the church to come forward and receive the emblems as we do in our normal manner.
Sing: I surrender all
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