January 7, 2018 Preacher: Chris Ritter Series: Stand Alone Sermons

Topic: Communion Scripture: Luke 22:7–23, Hebrews 9:1–28

Luke 22:7-23 and Hebrews 9:1-28
The 5 P's of Commuion 
- Preamble
- Purpose
- Power
- Promise
- Participants
#1 Preamble to Communion:  Passover
Exodus 12:21-28 
#2 Purpose of Communion
Jesus re-purposed the Passover meal to make clear he was the center of the New Covenant, the One it would be based on.
#3 Power in Communion
Hebrews 10:10-12 and 18 
6 Powerful Reminders Communion gives us:
#1 Our need for a substitute (Heb 9:12)
#2 Our eternal redemption (Heb 9:12)
#3 Our ability to serve God with a clean conscience (Heb 9:13-14)
#4 Our assurance of forgiveness (Heb 9:22-24)
#5 Christ's singular offering for sin (Heb 9:25-26)
#6 Christ's impending return (Heb 9:27-28)
#4 Promise of Communion
Philippians 2:9-11 
#5 Participants for Communion
1 Corinthians 11:26 
1 Corinthians 11:27-32 
In a busy culture with people desperate to succeed, we practice in Communion resting on the finished work of Christ. In a fragmented culture that is radically individualistic, we practice in Communion belonging to one another. In a dissatisfied culture of constant striving, we practice in Communion receiving this world with joy as a gift from God. In a narcissistic culture of self-fulfillment, we practice in Communion joyous self-denial and service. In a proud culture of self-promotion, we practice in communion humility and generosity. All these practices are habit-forming, and so seep into the rest of our lives.   
- Tim Chester, a Meal with Jesus

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