“Before You Eat, Wait for One Another” (E)
You can watch, listen, or download the message here later today.
For anyone interested, my sermon outline (taken from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34) was as follows:
Three Areas of Focus Where Paul Builds a Case for the Importance of ‘Waiting for Another’:
I. Waiting for One Another Reflects the Reality that We are ONE in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (vs. 21-22).
II. Waiting for One Another Sustains Us as ONE in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (vs. 23-26).
III. Waiting for One Another Protects Us as ONE in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (vs. 27-32).
At one point in the message, I quoted John Hammett from his Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches. The quote:
“The best word to describe the significance of the Lord’s Supper is renewal. One of the criteria for an ordinance is that it must symbolize the gospel message. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper do so, but in different ways. Baptism symbolizes the transformation effected by the gospel; it is thus the ordinance symbolizing our commitment to Christ, our new birth and justification. The Lord’s Supper proclaims the Gospel message of Christ’s death as the sustenance of the Christian life. The very elements of bread and wine speak of nourishment and refreshment. Thus, the Lord’s Supper is the ordinance of ongoing sanctification, or the continual renewal and furthering of that initial commitment. By its very nature, baptism is a unique, singular occurrence, while the Lord’s Supper must be regularly repeated.”