Aug. 01, 2020
1 Corinthians 11:23-30
The third characteristic of the post Pentecost church was devotion to “the breaking of the bread” – a clear reference to the importance of the Lord’s supper. Luke tells us the first church was a fellowship – a community - that included the sacramental meal as a defining practice. 1 Corinthians 11 is the earliest reference to anything about communion in scripture (53-57AD), and Paul shares it giving the sense that the sacrament was common practice among the churches he started. The earliest Gospel record of communion is Mark, probably written in the late 50’s AD, so Mark may well have known something about the practices of Paul’s churches. Bottom line is that a key defining characteristic of the earliest community of Christ followers was regular sharing of the Lord’s Supper. But why? Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11 that what he taught he received from the Lord himself: “take/eat, take/drink – and remember.” Each time this occurs, the meal is a proclamation of the Lord’s death until he comes again, that death being the CORE defining element for the community of Jesus followers: the death that brought them and us life. As a tool for digging deep to stand strong, God gives us gifts like the Lord’s Supper so that HIS strength and presence can flow into our lives.
As you read the following passages, pay attention to the power in proclaiming what God promises about life.
MONDAY (08/03): Isaiah 43:16-21
TUESDAY (08/04): Romans 5:1-11
WEDNESDAY (08/05): Philippians 4:4-9
THURSDAY (08/06): 2 Corinthians 4
To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following scripture texts. Note as you read the importance of regular times of prayer as a tool for digging deeper in our connection to the Lord.
FRIDAY (08/07): Acts 10:1-23
SATURDAY (08/08): Luke 5:12-16
SUNDAY (08/09): Psalm 5:1-8