469:  What’s the Point of the Lord’s Supper?

469: What’s the Point of the Lord’s Supper?

In the history of the church, there seems to always be confusion about the Lord’s Supper.  What does it mean?  Why do we participate?  What happens when I do?  Let’s be honest, many find the Lord’s Supper somewhat confusing.  I often hear people say, “I don’t understand what the Lord’s Supper means.”  And, in our narcissistic church culture, where it’s all about us, this is usually followed by “So what’s the point of the Lord’s Supper anyway?”  We know it’s something important, really important, but we’re not sure why.  And we know it’s something we’re supposed to do because Jesus commanded us to, but again, we’re not sure why.  Which presents even more questions.

What does it mean?
Is it really all that important?
Why should I participate?
Are there any reasons why I should not participate?
What happens when I do participate?
And why all the controversy and confusion?

Sometimes the Lord’s Supper is called communion.  But communion with who?  And how is that communion experienced by taking a sip of juice and eating an unleavened doughball?

In other words, there must be more to this than what many believers have experienced.  And, if so, how can I understand what it all means?


So, What’s the Big Deal About the Lord’s Supper?

In addition to trying to understand what Jesus meant when He said, “This is My body” (Matt. 26:26), we also have confusion about His often misunderstood statement in John 6:51-56.  Here, Jesus talks about those who “eat His flesh” and “drink His blood”, as strange as that sounds.  And it was this statement alone that gave first-century critics of Christianity cause to call them cannibals.  But that’s not what Jesus was talking about.  Consider this:

John 6:51-56 – “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”  The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”  Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

So what does all this mean?  And why is it important?  Can we get some answers to all the confusing questions?  Absolutely.  Simply keep listening and join us as we discover the wonder of the Lord’s Supper and the incredible benefits that come from experiencing true communion with Him as we participate together.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE

big_lines


Our Latest Posts:

468: Following Jesus in Real-Time
Global Upheaval
467: We Are Living in Bonhoeffer’s Germany
466: How to Seek God’s Face
America’s Civil Wars – Then and Now
50 Things You Need to Get Before It’s Too Late

big_lines

            podcast-25-25

 

468:  Following Jesus in Real-Time

468: Following Jesus in Real-Time

Let’s cut to the chase.  We are living in troubling times.  Right now in California, for example, pastors are being threatened with fines and imprisonment for holding church services indoors.  Yet, riots and demonstrations are not restricted but encouraged.  How is that possible in our nation?  And many Christians, who should be standing shoulder-to-shoulder for the truth, are scattered like autumn leaves afraid of their own shadows.  Is this what following Jesus is all about?  And what does following Jesus in real-time mean today?

Is it an emotional decision we make one time that lets Jesus season our life for the better?
Or is it, like Bonhoeffer said, a “call to come and die”?
Or maybe something in-between these two extremes?

Whatever it means, those following Jesus in the Scriptures seemed to have different lives than we do today.  And why is that?


What Does Following Jesus in Real-Time Look Like?

In this message, we will look at the accounts in Matthew where Jesus invited those He encountered to “follow Him” and see what that actually meant.  And I think you’ll find it is more than a simple mental assent to a moral code or set of personal principles.  No, following Jesus is a life-altering event that literally changes everything— about everything.

Consider the following:

Matthew 4:18-20 – And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

Does this sound like what happens when we decide to follow Jesus?  But there’s more…

Matthew 4:21-22 – Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets.  He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

And there are dozens of more examples that show us clearly what following Jesus in real-time meant back then, and also means today.  So join with us as we discover more about this life with Christ and the joy that comes from following Him.

Note:  There are no slides for this message.

big_lines


Our Latest Posts:

Global Upheaval
467: We Are Living in Bonhoeffer’s Germany
466: How to Seek God’s Face
America’s Civil Wars – Then and Now
50 Things You Need to Get Before It’s Too Late

big_lines

            podcast-25-25

 

Global Upheaval

Global Upheaval

For years I have followed Hal Lindsey and have listened to his take on world events.  Now, at 90, he still has his finger on the pulse of what is happening all around us and how it fits into Biblical prophecy.  This short post is no exception.  I received the following yesterday and wanted to share it with you.  It is titled, Global Upheaval, and speaks of the sinister, satanic foundation behind much of what is happening globally today.  Read and be blessed— and forewarned.


Global Upheaval

The world changes.  Sometimes it changes quickly.  The two world wars of the 20th century created massive upheavals, as did the Black Death pestilence of the 14th century.  Some upheavals are caused by new technologies, such as the printing press, the internal combustion engine, the telephone, or gunpowder.  Sometimes political revolutions cause fast and massive change, and sometimes big changes come from simple ideas, including bad ones.

Today, several of those things are happening at once.  With Covid-19 as a trigger, we see revolutions all around us.  Technical revolutions that should have been for our good have been subverted.  Ideas that history has repeatedly proven wrong and dangerous, are rising with a new sense of inevitability

One of the unique things about this year is that these massive societal upheavals are global.  Most of history’s revolutions have been localized, but the changes going on now are going on everywhere.  And they are all moving in a specific direction— the direction laid out in the Bible thousands of years ago.

For decades now, government and corporate surveillance of citizens has been growing, but mostly hidden.  The pandemic has made the invasion of privacy suddenly seem laudable.  To keep the virus in check, the world is rapidly building the infrastructure of the Antichrist.  That means building a surveillance infrastructure that will allow governments to watch every move their citizens make and be able to use Artificial Intelligence to interpret those moves.

Covid’s economic destruction is wreaking havoc on capitalism everywhere, making citizens of all nations increasingly dependent on government.  That’s what antichrist will need— a population full of people depending on government rather than their own hard work and creativity.

To bring new benefits and more relief to the public, governments are printing money hand over fist.  This can only go on so long before it brings its own disaster.  The mark of the beast as described in Revelation 13:16-18 means that, in the future, world leaders will give control of the entire global economy to the Antichrist and his cohort, the False Prophet.  They will do that either because of a global economic collapse or their fear of one.  (But it won’t work for long because the Bible describes at least two more economic disasters after Antichrist comes to power.)

Bible prophecies also say that near the time of Christ’s return, there will be increased levels of anti-Semitism and of the persecution of Christians.  Back in the 1960s and 70s, ideas like free speech and inclusiveness were primary tenets of campus liberalism.  Not anymore.  Today we have something popularly known as “cancel culture.”

And if you want to be canceled fast, just quote one of the Bible’s less popular passages— Old Testament or New.  Another way to do it is to identify with Israel, or tell the real story of Israel’s formation.  People are losing their jobs because of Sunday School lessons taught 20 years ago.

How should we respond to these things?  Like Christians.  In Matthew 5:44, Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  But you will not respond in love if you are hysterical with fear.  So, follow an instruction given in the Bible hundreds of times—  “Fear not.”  In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

Live in His peace.  Love your neighbor.  Pray with expectation.  He’s coming soon!

big_lines

To read the article, Global Upheaval, on Hal Lindsey’s website, click – HERE

big_lines


Our Latest Posts:

467: We Are Living in Bonhoeffer’s Germany
466: How to Seek God’s Face
America’s Civil Wars – Then and Now
50 Things You Need to Get Before It’s Too Late
Day Two: Sending Me to You in the Form of Him

big_lines

            podcast-25-25

 

467:  We Are Living in Bonhoeffer’s Germany

467: We Are Living in Bonhoeffer’s Germany

In the 1930s, if you were a Jew in Germany, you would be faced with unforeseen challenges, that would only get worse.  And if you were a Christian during the same period, you would have to make the same choices many of those brave men made, to follow Christ or the Reich.  This choice is now thrust upon each of us who are called by the name of Christ.  Will we follow His commands or cower to the oppressive power of the State?  And just like Bonhoeffer and the members of the Confessing Church, we must stand or fall together. So yes, we are living in Bonhoeffer’s Germany.

Recently, the Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 decision, denied an appeal for a Nevada church to allow additional worshipers to join in-person services based on building capacity during the virus.  Nevada has placed a 50-person cap on all places of worship, no matter the capacity of the building.  But that cap doesn’t apply to casinos, movie theaters, and restaurants.  Does something seem amiss?

And in California, churches must meet outdoors and limit the number of participants.  Plus, there are no potlucks or fellowship dinners allowed.  No singing, even in small, home groups.  And all of this is happening while riots and demonstrations are permitted and encouraged by the same government officials, yet ordinary citizens must comply with Covid19 restrictions.  Why?  Because our governmental officials state the demonstrations are “too important” to regulate.  So how are we to respond to this hypocrisy?


How Are We Living in Bonhoeffer’s Germany?

Our response is simply saying, “Enough!”  This is exactly what some churches, including Grace Community Church in California and their pastor John MacArthur, have done.  They have publically said, “Enough!”   But they have said it with grace and respect.  And they have not said it quietly or behind closed doors.  Boldness seems to be the great need for the church today.

Remember the poem found in the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem that speaks of the times in which we live.  It is titled “First They Came.”

First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Grace Community Church published a position paper on why they will not adhere to the Governor of California’s decrees to limit worship and curtail freedom of religion.  It is a paper that communicates the rationale behind civil disobedience from a Scriptural perspective.  We, at the Church Without Walls, have modified and adopted this statement as our official position.  In this message, we will talk about the ramifications of standing for Him alone, even if you have to do it alone.

Join us as we stand in faith together.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE
To download the Statement on Government Restrictions on His Church, click – HERE

big_lines


Our Latest Posts:

466: How to Seek God’s Face
America’s Civil Wars – Then and Now
50 Things You Need to Get Before It’s Too Late
Day Two: Sending Me to You in the Form of Him
465: The Forgotten Discipline of Fasting

big_lines

            podcast-25-25

 

466:  How to Seek God’s Face

466: How to Seek God’s Face

One of the four requirements found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a cryptic command to “seek” God’s face.  Note, not His hand, nor His blessings or grace, but simply to seek God’s face.  What does that mean?  And how is that done?

Think, how do we begin the process of seeking God’s face?  What does the Scripture say about that?  Is it something I should be doing?  Are there any requirements or things we first must do to be ushered into the presence of God?  What is it like to “behold the face of God”?  Is that even possible?   If I do seek God’s face, won’t I die?  And if I actually do experience the presence of God, how will that experience change my life?

It’s maybe not as simple as we were led to believe.


So, How Do I Seek God’s Face?

In Psalm 24, we find the requirements God demands to have unhindered intimacy with Him, or to seek His face.  These are not suggestions, but are aspects of our sanctification that allow us to “be holy, for I am Holy” by experience (1 Peter 1:16), and not just theologically or positionally in Christ.

Note the question and answer in Psalm 24:3-4:

Question:  Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?  Or who may stand in His holy place?
Answer:  He who has clean hands (outward holiness) and a pure heart (inward holiness), who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.

Also, note the distinction between outward and inward holiness.  It’s the same distinction we find in the Sermon on the Mount.  For example, let’s look at Matthew 5:21-22:

Outward:  “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'”
Inward:  “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.”

And there is so much more we can learn about God’s requirements or standards that must be met to have the kind of intimacy with Him described as “seeking His face” and finding it.  So join with us today as we strive to do just that, to “seek His face” together.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE

big_lines


Our Latest Posts:

America’s Civil Wars – Then and Now
50 Things You Need to Get Before It’s Too Late
Day Two: Sending Me to You in the Form of Him
465: The Forgotten Discipline of Fasting
The Curtain is Closing for America

big_lines

            podcast-25-25