And That is Good News Indeed

Announced by his Word and sealed in his table fellowship “in the  midst of us,” this Good News, “Peace be with you!” wells up within us as a message to be proclaimed to others. “Gathered together in one place,” – we are on this side of Pentecost – are also scattered after the benediction out into the world as his witnesses to all that has been done.  “The Lord is risen!” “He is risen indeed!”  We are his people and he is our place, and that is Good News indeed.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 242-243

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We Have Gathered Like Eagles ‘Round the Carcass

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession.  Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate…The onlyman who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ…We…have gathered like eagles round the carcass of cheap grace, and there we have drunk the poison which has killed the life of following Christ

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 90

Do This Until We See

Partaking in Communion involves a recognition that for Christians, the benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice include communion with both God and one another.  And in faith, Christians are to part take of communion until one day they see Jesus and sit to eat with him as friends in his kingdom.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 126

The Real Issue is the Meaning of Communion

The real issue is the meaning of the sacrament [Communion] itself.

  1. reminds us in a dramatic manner of the death of Jesus Christ in our place for our sins.
  2. it calls all Christians to put their sin to death in light of the fact that Jesus died for our sins and compels us to  examine ourselves and repent of sin before partaking.
  3. it shows the unity of God’s people around the person and work of Jesus
  4. it anticipates our participation in the marriage supper of the Lamb when his kingdom comes in its fullness

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 121-122

These Are Supposed to be Meaningful

By virtue of reminding us of our connection to Jesus and his people, baptism and Communion are supposed to be incredibly meaningful.  In Christianity, baptism and Communion have been sacred rituals practiced for thousands of years in every culture by people who, by faith, trust in Jesus alone for their salvation.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 112