What do we do?

If there is division there is no communion.

  • Taking the elements of communion, the cup and the bread, are not what makes it communion.
  • The unity that Jesus prayed for us, brought together under the sacrificial love of the cross of Christ is what makes it communion.
  • It is not a tradition, it is a time of remembering just how amazing this love we live in is.

Paul reminds the Corinthians about what happened at the Last Supper.

  • The supper that he shared with the disciples just hours before his death on the cross.

Go Back – to the simple but meaningful message of the Gospel.

Communion is how we as a church commemorate the entire story of the Gospel.

  • This is the climax of God’s story of salvation for us. It is through this story that we find our salvation and sanctification.

Communion means absolutely nothing when it is separated from the Gospel.

  • It is only by returning to the broken bread and the cup of the new covenant that we can find any meaning whatsoever in the bread and the cup.

How are we going to persuade the world if we are at war with each other?

  • We have so little time on this earth, and the stakes for the unsaved world are so high that we can’t afford to spend these fleeting moments at odds with other believers.

Communion is the new covenant.

  • Every time we take communion we are reminding ourselves of the length Christ went to so that He could reconcile us to him.
  • It cost Jesus his life so that he could make this new relationship available to us – a relationship based on grace and not law.

Communion is something that’s supposed to draw us together as the body of Christ. How can it draw us in if we are divided?

What did Jesus say we should do when we remember there is a division between us?

  • He said, before we bring the sacrifice, we should go and make things right. By the way, I don’t think this applies only to communion, I see it as applying to worship in general.

Matthew 5:21-24:
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Is there something that has kept you from worshipping? Have you done anything to make it right?

Now might be a good time.