Jesus started the tradition of eating bread and drinking wine as an act of remembering Him. This is what Christians call Communion or the Lord’s Supper.
Have you ever thought about Communion as a covenant agreement? A covenant is an agreement two or more people enter; like a contract. Upholding the agreement produces blessings, breaking the contract produces negative consequences. Remembering Jesus’ sacrifice of his body and blood is a way for Christians to remember the blessings the agreement between Jesus and them offer. By implication, it also reminds us of the negative consequences that happen when you live life without the grace and power of Jesus.
Communion reminds you of all the benefits Jesus gives. Not only the eternal benefits but the many benefits he offers for your life on earth. Listen as Pastor Casey explains some of the benefits you receive once you become a Christian.
Scripture references: Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:22-32
The story of Jacob, Esau, and their parents. Isaac and Rebekah warns us that what we selfishly desire is what we willfully become.
The history of God’s redemption and grace for all humans is traced through Abraham, his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son Jacob. The nation of Israel is named after Jacob. Even though these three men play a crucial role in God’s relationship with the world, these three men were to blame for the deep dysfunction in their own families. In the case of Jacob (as a son), the dynamics involved: two twin brothers who didn’t love each other, a father distant from one son, a mother who raised her favored son to be a deceiver, and parents who lacked much respect for one another.
God’s grace is displayed through a broken family, but there is also the lesson to pursue God’s honor instead of our own.
Witnessing the activity of God is not the same as being connected with God. One day the prophet Elijah witnessed a strong force of nature that was certainly caused by God, but he learned that God was not in those events. It was when the storm passed and all was silent that Elijah encountered God.
Listen as Pastor Casey cautions us not to mistake the activity of God around our life for a relationship with God in our life. God will use events to get your attention so that he can have a friendship with you. Watch for God’s presence so that you can lean into a relationship with him.