“Lord’s Supper” or “Jesus Feast”?

I was recently reading and reflecting on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.

“The Lord’s Supper” 

As followers of Jesus, it is easy to slip into doing certain things simply because they are associated with being Christian, ie obedience to Christian culture rather than obedience to Jesus.

Communion/the Lord’s Supper is one of these practices. Leaving aside the question of whether Jesus actually commanded it in the form that it is frequently practised, I found it very rich to try forget what I “know” about Communion and try to soak in this passage from 1 Corinthians with fresh eyes.

Lord’s Supper, anyone?

If this passage was all that I had, I would see “the Lord’s Supper” as an event where these disciples of Jesus were coming together to eat and drink normal food, with Jesus as both the centre and the catalyst of their community.

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A Tale of Answered Harvest Prayer

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

(Matthew 9:37–38; 6:7–10 ESV)

God wants to involve us in the things He is doing! I was reminded of this last weekend.

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Finding Inner Peace

Reading Psalm 9 this morning, I was struck by how strongly David identifies his cause as ‘just’ and ‘righteous’ – and how confident he is that God sees things the same way;

“When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence. For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.” – Psalms 9:3–4 ESV

This comes partly from David’s view of kingship or, rather, God’s appointment of people to kingship. This came out clearly in the respect he held for Saul and his status as ‘God’s anointed’ (eg 1 Sam 24:1-22 & 1 Sam 26:1-25).

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