April 7-13, 2017

Knowing Christ through the Lord's Supper

In many recent articles I've read lately on the subject of the "Lord's Supper" or Communion from churches similar to ours in beliefs and age, there has been a push to partake of communion more often, even weekly. We are among the majority of young, baptist churches who observe the Lord's Supper regularly. I think our model of monthly observance is sufficient and good. Here's why:

In Matthew 26, the gospel writer records certain details about the night Jesus was betrayed. Matthew writes:
"'You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified'...So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover...And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke [it], and gave [it] to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body.' Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you.
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.'"
--Matt. 26:2, 19, 26-28.
We recognize verses 26-28 as referring to what we variously call "The Lord's Supper" or Communion or the Eucharist. It is important that we also notice that Jesus made these remarks in the context of the Feast of Passover.

In the era before the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the Passover celebration would have included a distinctly messianic component. Indeed the Passover eve itself was thought to be the very night when the people would again be redeemed by the Messiah--(thoughts by Carmichael, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, vol. 42, pgs. 45-67). If you know anything about Passover, you know that the Feast involved several food components--a sacrificial lamb, bitter herbs, and unleavened bread, among other things. It is a particular piece of unleavened bread, called the afikomen during and after the time of Jesus, which Jesus took, blessed, broke, and gave to His disciples. The Afikomen bread is the last piece eaten during the meal and has long been thought to represent the messiah himself because it's a Greek word that means "the Coming One" or "He who has come." Thus, when Jesus lifted the unleavened bread and said, "Take, eat; this is my body," He was in effect saying: "This broken piece of unleavened bread, which has for our people symbolized the Messiah, is fulfilled in me. I myself am the Afikomen — the Coming One — whom you expect." And so that's why when we observe the Lord's Supper we partake of the piece of bread as a symbol of the broken body of Christ--(cf. 1 Cor. 11:24).

Throughout the Gospels the disciples continually fail to understand who Jesus truly is, except on one occasion when the Father reveals the Son's identity to Peter (Matt. 16:13-20). In fact, Jesus regularly told people and demons not to reveal His true identity, but then after His death and resurrection He commands His disciples to be His witnesses throughout the world. Jesus models for us the way to do this on two occasions recorded in Luke 24.

In the first, Jesus is walking with two of His disciples to Emmaus, but they don't recognize Him. So He does this: "Then He said to them, 'O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?' And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself...Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke [it], and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight."--Luke 24:25-27, 30-31.
In the second case, the two disciple who had just seen Jesus return to Jerusalem to tell the original 11 disciples how "He was known to them in the breaking of bread."--Luke 24:35. Then Jesus appears to them all and He says:
"'These [are] the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and [the] Prophets and [the] Psalms concerning Me.' And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, 'Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things.'"--Luke 24:44-48.

As you can see, these are two ways in which we are to witness in the church and to the world that Jesus is the suffering and victorious Christ: 1) by expository preaching and teaching of the Scriptures; 2) By public demonstration and observance of the Lord's Supper. In this way we both proclaim and remember the broken body of Christ and His shed blood of the New Covenant.

Happy Passover and Easter week!

-David

Announcements:

  • Thanks to everyone who showed up to pull weeds and spread pine straw on the church grounds Thursday!
  • Check out the welcome table for upcoming events and sign ups.
  • Student Home Meeting will be held at the Spences' house this Wednesday, April 12th, at 6 pm. We will be having a Passover Seder and meal in celebration of Christ's sacrificial death leading up to His resurrection on Easter. The Seder will last about an hour and 10 mins.
  • Children's Egg Hunt will be on April 15th from 11-1 at the church. We will be grilling hot dogs for the event.
  • Ladies Fellowship will be held at Amy Williams' house on April 20th at 6 pm.
  • New Young Adult Sunday School Class will begin on May 7th. Matt Colvin and Jake Ham will be co-teaching the class.
  • June 3rd Dragon Boat Races in support of Habitat for Humanity. Cost is $25 per person. See Kevin Parnell for details.
  • Children's Ministry Needs:
    - 1 extra teacher on Wednesday nights
    - 2 extra Sunday School teachers to add to the rotation.
    - Anyone interested in being on Sunday night rotation (1 year term)
    Please call, text, or see Regina if you are interested.
  • Secret Church will be held here at the church on April 21st from 5:30 pm until midnight. Books are $8. There is a sign up sheet on the Welcome Table for snacks to share during breaks. The church will provide drinks for the evening. There will not be childcare provided.
Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:

April 12 - Student Home Meeting - Passover
April 15 - Children's Easter Egg Hunt
April 20 - Ladies Fellowship
April 21 - Secret Church Simulcast
May 7 - Young Adult Sunday School Class Begins
June 3 - Dragon Boat Race

Praise/Prayer Requests:
  • Please continue to pray for and support the Champion Family as we grieve the loss of our brother, Ron.
  • Pray for all the benevolence cases we work with on a weekly basis. Most of them are unchurched. Pray the gospel takes root and praise God for all the provision we have to be able to do this ministry.

Sunday Morning Childcare:
Bed Babies through 2's - Jennifer Rains, Lisa Spence, Chris Knight
3 through 4 year olds - Regina Gregg and Allen Bledsoe

Last Week’s Statistics:
Budget Receipts this Week: $4,180.00
Budget Needs Weekly: $4,097.88
Budget Receipts YTD: $57,477.00
Budget Needs YTD: $57,370.38
Budget (Deficit)/Surplus $106.62
Building Fund this Week: $150.00
Building Fund YTD: $2,750.00
Benevolence: $355.00
Missions: $100.00
Attendance: 76

912 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 131- Albertville, AL 35950
256-849-2454
Pastor – Brad Williams    
Family Pastor -- David Porch
Sunday:
9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am - Worship Service
6:00pm – Community Groups
Wednesday:
6:00pm - Children/Student Activities
6:00pm – Adult Bible Study
Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that  fosters the love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.


Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that  fosters the love of God
with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.
The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself, the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.

 

Contact the church office :  (256) 849 2454