Woodville Baptist Church
Sunday Morning, Nov. 29, 2020
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  • The Lord's Supper: A Powerful Picture of God's Grace
    1 Corinthians 11:23-32
    1 Corinthians 11:23–32 NLT
    23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. 27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 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. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. 31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. 32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
    INTRODUCTION:

    I – THE EXPLANATION PROVIDED (1 Corinthians 11:23 – 25)

    1 Corinthians 11:23–25 NLT
    23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.”

    A- Who instituted it?

    1- The Lord Jesus Christ
    (Matthew 26:26 – 28)
    Matthew 26:26–28 NLT
    26 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.” 27 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, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.

    B- Why did he institute it?

    1- To remind his disciples of his sacrifice. (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25)
    1 Corinthians 11:24 NLT
    24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
    1 Corinthians 11:25 NLT
    25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.”
    a. Remembering and focusing on his sacrifice has a profound effect upon us.
    b. It is a symbol to cause us to remember the spiritual facts
    (Romans 6:5)
    Romans 6:5 NLT
    5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.
    c. Remembering his sacrifice inspires us to obey him.

    C- What does it mean?

    1- The bread represents the body of Jesus.
    2- The grape juice represents the blood of Jesus.
    (Matthew 26:67; 27:27 – 31, 38; John 19:1 – 3) (John 19:16 – 18)
    Matthew 26:67 NLT
    67 Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him,
    Matthew 27:27–31 NLT
    27 Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. 31 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.
    Matthew 27:38 NLT
    38 Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
    John 19:1–3 NLT
    1 Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. 2 The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. 3 “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
    John 19:16–18 NLT
    16 Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away. 17 Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18 There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them.

    II- THE EXAMINATION PRESCRIBED (1 Corinthians 11:27 – 32)

    1 Corinthians 11:27–32 NLT
    27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 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. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. 31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. 32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

    A- Self examination is required.

    1- Examine yourself for salvation (2 Corinthians 13:5)
    2 Corinthians 13:5 NLT
    5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.
    a. Make sure that you know Christ (Matthew 7:21 – 23)
    Matthew 7:21–23 NLT
    21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
    (1) note the way: "the Roman road to salvation"
    2- Examine yourself for obedience. (note: 1 Samuel 15:22-23)
    1 Samuel 15:22–23 NLT
    22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”
    a. Profession of faith and baptism (Matthew 10:32 – 33; 28:18 – 20)
    Matthew 10:32–33 NLT
    32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
    Matthew 28:18–20 NLT
    18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
    b. Are you an active witness for Christ? (Acts 1:8)
    Acts 1:8 NLT
    8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
    c. are you faithful in stewardship? (Matthew 25:14)
    Matthew 25:14 NLT
    14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.
    d. Are you rightly related to other believers ? (Matthew 18:15 – 35)
    Matthew 18:15–35 NLT
    15 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. 18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. 19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” 21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! 23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. 26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. 28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. 29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. 31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. 35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

    B- It is dangerous to fail to examine ourselves and get things right with him.

    (1 Corinthians 11:29 – 30)
    1 Corinthians 11:29–30 NLT
    29 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. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
    1- God will not allow his child to continue in rebellion without chastisement.
    (Hebrews 12:6 – 11)
    Hebrews 12:6–11 NLT
    6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” 7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
    2- Repentance and confession brings forgiveness.
    (1 Corinthians 11:32)
    1 Corinthians 11:32 NLT
    32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

    III- THE EXPECTATION PROCLAIMED (1 Corinthians 11:26)

    1 Corinthians 11:26 NLT
    26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

    A- The Lord's Supper expectantly proclaims the return of Christ.

    1- Jesus has promised to return for his people.
    (John 14:1 – 3)
    John 14:1–3 NLT
    1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
    2- Jesus's followers have expectantly awaited his return since his ascension.
    (Revelation 22:20)
    Revelation 22:20 NLT
    20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

    B- The Lord's supper expectantly proclaims that the believer will share in Christ's eternal kingdom.

    1- Jesus promised to share the meal with us again in his eternal kingdom.
    (Matthew 26:29)
    Matthew 26:29 NLT
    29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
    (Revelation 21:1 – 7)
    Revelation 21:1–7 NLT
    1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” 5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
    CONCLUSION:
      • 1 Corinthians 11:23–25ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 11:27–32ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 11:27–32ESV

      • Matthew 7:21–23ESV

      • Matthew 10:32–33ESV

      • Matthew 28:18–20ESV

      • Matthew 25:14ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 11:29–30ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 11:26ESV

      • 1 Corinthians 11:26ESV

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