September 1, 2013
Preacher:
Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:17-32

What is sacrament? The word sacrament does not appear in the NT. It is taken from the Latin word’SACRAMENTUM’. It is a military word which means ‘Oath ‘or pledge or solemn or ‘obligation’,  a testimony of God’s favor towards the church confirm by an outward sign.

An outward and visible ritual of an inward and spiritual grace according to Christ’s order. a sign of holy reality or grace which sanctified humanity.it is not what humankind does but what god does for humanity.

 

HISTORY OF SACRAMENT BEFORE 15TH CENTURY REFORMATION

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Marriage of holy matrimony
  • Ordination or holy orders ie priesthood
  • Penance-bring back the backslider Eucharist or holy communion.
  • Extreme unction –anointing with oil or laying on of hands to bring grace to face death.

WHAT IS THE LORD’S SUPPER?

  • It is not a reward for being righteous but a means of grace. It is an act of divine Love.
  • It is a Christian sacrament of bread (water) and wine. (1 cor.11:23, matt 26:26-29)
  • It is the word of God that is the incarnate word (John 1:1-4) the turn “visible word”
  • It is a new covenant (1 cor 11:25)

OTHER NAMES FOR THE LORDS SUPPER

  1. It is called the ‘LAST SUPPER’ it is the last physical communal meal for Jesus and disciples before his death (matt 26:29)
  2. It is called EUCHARIST taken from the Greek word EUCHARISTOS meaning Gratefulness or thankfulness.(Acts 2:46-47)
  3. It is the HOLY COMMUNION this means it is a fellowship of believers  with the risen Lord and with one another .this should :
  • create  unity and fellowship among Christians
  • transform us morally
  • uplift us spiritually (Jer 31:31-34)

WHY PARTAKEN IN THE LORDS SUPPER?

We enjoy God’s blessing and receive His grace (1 cor 10:16), It gives us the opportunity to confess our sins to receive forgiveness and also confess Jesus Christ as Lord and savior.

HOW TO APPROACH THE LORD’S TABLE

  • There is the need for self examination (1 Cor 11:28)
  • Must be done in truth and in spirit (john 4:23-24)
  • The attendee must intimate to the minister of intention to participate This is call SPEAKING
  • Where there is preparatory service,the partaker must attend.
  • There must be penitence and repentant heart.
  • There should be seriousness and reverence.
  • It should be celebrative as well as solemn.

If you come with a heart fully prepared, your eyes will be open as it happened to the disciples on the last day.

Conclusion

Come to  the table with gladness and receive blessing

 

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