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EXAMINE YOURSELF



Pastor Tim P. Blaisure – 03/13/22 – Morning Message Communion Sunday


Intro:

Background on what was happening.

1 Corinthians 11:17-22 NLT

“But in the following instructions, I cannot praise you. For it sounds as if more harm than good is done when you meet together.

18 First, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it.

19 But, of course, there must be divisions among you so that you who have God’s approval will be recognized!

20 When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper.

21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk.

22 What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly will not praise you for this!

Foundation Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 11:23-32 NLT

“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread

24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.”

26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.

28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.

29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.

30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.

31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way.

32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.”

I. EXAMINE YOURSELF – WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE OF GETTING TOGETHER FOR COMMUNION?

A. Is this a tradition that you are just doing.

B. Are you hungry and just want something to eat and drink.

C. Are you honoring Jesus sacrifice?


II. EXAMINE YOURSELF – IS THERE ANY SIN IN YOUR HEART AND LIFE THAT NEEDS TO BE DELT WITH?

A. Is there any unforgiveness between you and someone else that needs to be delt with.

B. Is there anything that needs to be confessed and forgiven so that you are spotless before the Lord.

Romans 5:15

“But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.”

C. He is faithful, just to forgive us of all unrighteousness.

III. EXAMINE YOURSELF – WHO IS BEING HONORED IN YOU TAKING COMMUNION?

A. Are you receiving the honor.

B. Is the church receiving the honor?

C. Is Jesus Christ receiving the honor and all the recognition and glory in you taking Communion?

D. Is this a selfish or selfless act that you are taking part of?

Conclusion:

Communion: is a time when we can examine ourselves before God and ask the Holy Spirit to search our heart, mind, will, and emotions and see if there is anything that is causing a rift between us and people and God.

This is a time when we are recognizing the sacrifice that Jesus did for all humankind to restore us to the Kingdom of God.

It is through the beatings upon His body that He paid the price for all sickness, disease, and any lack in our physical bodies, minds, and any kind of lack was taken care of.

It is through the shedding of His blood that the price for all humankinds sins were paid for. The past, present, and future. Jesus blood cleansed us from all kinds of sin and restored us to the place of purity and wholeness that God the Father originally made us in.

We are to examine ourselves so that we do not dishonor the body and the blood of Jesus by taking it with sin in our lives.

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