Communion

Transformational Communion

        A weekly Communion or the Lords supper is an essential part of our transformation from brokenness to being made new in Christ. For the first 1500 years of the Church, communion was the culminating reason for gathering on Sunday. The historical truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the bedrock for a transformational hope. If God can raise Jesus from the dead, surely God can raise me up to a new life in the present. Without the resurrection of Jesus, there never would have been a regular practice of the Lord’s Supper. Communion remains the assurance to every believer who was not present at the resurrection of Christ, that Jesus Christ rose from the dead!

          Our meditation during the Lord’s Supper must not simply focus on the death of Jesus, but dwell on the celebration of living with Christ and the transformation made possible through our own empowerment of the Holy Spirit living in us. Communion, also called the Eucharist means thanksgiving, so give thanks! In too many Church services communion time feels more like walking in a visitation at a funeral home, but Jesus desires us to celebrate the joyful experience of being in communion with Him. I am not suggesting forgetting the cross but emphasizing a renewed focus on the empty tomb and His Second coming. In 1 Corinthians 11:24 Jesus say, “do this in remembrance of Me”, which means meditate upon Christ’s sacrificial work of the past that transforms me in the present. Just as Christ rose from the grave we too now celebrate His work of delivering us from the penalty of sin and the certain promise of eternal life and a new life now!

          In the Garden of Eden, there was a joyful communion between God & man, but sin separated mankind from God, Later in the tabernacle God’s presence was visible to all, but disobedience and idolatry, once again separated God and man. When Jesus Christ walked upon the earth, mankind once again enjoyed God’s Divine presence, but sinful man put Jesus on a cross and once again served God presence with mankind. Yet now, every Lords Day, in every communion service, we dine with Jesus in a Holy and mystical fellowship.

          In the days of Jesus living on this earth, table fellowship with Him was a joyous occasion and the Gospel of Luke make this abundantly clear. When Jesus dined, He was not a somber priest but a passionate teacher, a miraculous healer and compassionate forgiver. We should rediscover the joyous attitude of the first disciples who had table fellowship with Him in our own time of communion with Jesus.

         I offer this practical step for finding joy and His presence at the Lords supper. Open your spiritual eye to the physical unseen; Jesus is present in a divine and mystical way. I realize our rational minds struggle with things that cannot be proven by empirical evidence, but is it not possible that God can move from one realm of existence to another? Jesus is sitting with us and He promised this in Mark 14:25. He makes Himself accessible to every follower during communion. Also equally important to remember is Holy Spirit living in every Christian. We carry’s a portion of Jesus to every Church service. Being in the presence of God offers every follower of Jesus Christ the greatest help for transformation and joy in those difficult life experiences. Communion with Jesus Christ brings us into a joy filled, transformational moment and it takes place every Sunday morning at Cornerstone.



Trust in The Lord

It's simple. It's short. Yet it's incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Let's break down this life-changing truth to make sure we understand it.

 

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It's the only way a friendship will endure. It's the only way a marriage will work out. It's the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It's all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That's the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.

If you are a Christian, you trusted God for salvation. You can trust Him with the rest of your life, too–every detail.

 

Read part 2, Don’t Lean On Your Understanding



Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

 

Don't Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don't lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.

 

Instead, Acknowledge God. In Everything.

The antidote to this self-reliance is found in the first command of the verse. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Which is developed in the next verse: “In all your ways acknowledge him.” The word “acknowledge” isn't merely a polite tip of the hat to the Man Upstairs, or a few words of grace over your meal, or even perfunctory attendance at church to let Him know we're still cool with what He's doing. It's way more. It's allowing Him access, control, command, and involvement in all your ways.

What's the result of this? Will God ruin your life? Will he be a Sovereign Killjoy? Will He rob you of fun? The verse ends on a promise. What is it?

 

He will make your paths straight.

The promise is put in the form of a metaphor. What does it mean to have straight paths? Several things. First, paths lead toward an end–a destination, a goal. Thus, trusting God wholeheartedly in every area of life gives your life a sense of purpose and priority. Second, it indicates that there will be a clear understanding of where you are going and what you are doing. It makes daily decision-making an easier and less painful task. You realize you are trusting Him. He, in turn, is making your paths straight. Thus, the way ahead is more apparent. Third, “straight paths” suggests moral purity. It suggests a life that has less of sinful compromise and more of wholesome attitudes, actions, and behavior.

That's the kind of life that God promises. It's the kind of life that you can have. It begins with trust. It involves acknowledging God in every way.