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
As you grow in a relationship with Jesus you will begin to recognize when God speaks to you. This is not an audible manner like we read about in some stories of the Bible, rather it is often an idea, an impression, or something like a strong urging from within that causes you to stop and consider something that you know must be from God. In the book of James, James wrote that every good and perfect thing comes from above. Jesus said that the Devil comes to steal, kill and destroy and that the demonic realm will never urge anyone to do something that is clearly revealed as good and right in God’s word as presented in the Scriptures. Jesus also said that after he ascended to Heaven, he would send the Holy Spirit to remind us of all the things Jesus taught. There’s an expectation that God the Holy Spirit will communicate with Christians as we grow in Christian maturity and that these communications will never oppose or violate what God has already revealed. Learning to hear the Holy Spirit speak to you is a practice of learning what God has already said and learning to discern your own earthly desires from heavenly ones (desires that God says are good to have).
In an extra Sunday morning message, Sherry shared a recent encounter with the Holy Spirit and talked about how she responded to what the Spirit prompted.