Preparing for communion

In tomorrow morning’s worship service we will remember the death and resurrection of Christ through communion.  Paul exhorts the Corinthian believers (1 Cor. 11:23-34) to examine themselves before taking the elements so that they do not take them in an unworthy manner and in so doing, invite the judgment of God on themselves. So self-examination […]

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Never let Sunday be routine

J. I. Packer, The Quest for Godliness: We must never, therefore, let our Sundays become mere routine engagements; in that attitude of mind, we shall trifle them away by a humdrum formality.  Every Sunday is meant to be a great day, and we should approach it expectantly, in full awareness of this.

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Preparing for communion

This Sunday morning we will practice the ordinance of communion.  The apostle Paul exhorts the Corinthian believers to examine themselves prior to taking the elements of the Lord’s Supper so that they might not take them in an unworthy manner (1 Cor. 11:27-32).  This is a principle that applies to every believer — thorough self-examination […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles from the last week: David Murray has “20 Helps to Sermon Listening.”  Number 1? “Read and mediate on God’s Word every day: Daily Bible reading whets our appetite for the main course on the Lord’s Day. We can’t expect to be ready to digest spiritual food if we’ve not been eating through […]

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Communion an occasion of gratitude

To continue to prepare my heart for communion tomorrow morning, I read another chapter this evening from The Puritans on the Lord’s Supper.  The chapter, “The Renewal of Our Christian Vows” by Edmund Calamy concludes with these paragraphs: Take care that the deepest thankfulness is a constant concomitant of all your renewed vows [in communion].  […]

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The value of communion

At least once per month, most churches practice the ordinance of communion.  Some partake of the bread and the cup weekly.  For older believers who have been faithful in church participation, it is likely that they have taken communion hundreds of times, if not into the thousands. It might be tempting to wonder, “what’s the […]

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