Sun, Jul 19, 2015

Why Does Communion Matter?

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Big Idea: The earliest church practiced the Lord’s Supper as a meaningful part of community connected to a shared meal. In many Western religious traditions, that element has been lost and certain aspects of communion have been lost with it. We have the opportunity of recovering what has been lost and renewing the Lord’s Supper to a proper place in worship in anticipation of Christ’s rule.

  1. Where are we and how did we get here?

    1. A Chronological approach

      1. First Passover

      2. The Gospels: Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:15-20

      3. Acts 2:42

      4. I Corinthians 11:17-13

      5. Love feast: Jude v.12

      6. Pliny’s letter to Trajan 112

      7. Early Christian writers

    2. Acts 2:42

    3. I Corinthians 11:17-33

    4. Love Feast

    5. Other factors pressing in

  2. Why communion matters

    1. Obeying Jesus’ command

    2. Looking back in remembering

    3. Using symbols to deepen our experience of Christ

    4. Warnings and danger, then and now – Repent of flippancy.  

    5. Thanksgiving

    6. Feasting as a future hope

Discussion Questions:

  1. What role did meals have in celebrations for your family of origin? Was food a big deal? What memories do you have around holidays? Which holidays were a big deal in your formative years?

  2. Why is it important to share food together? What role should food play in Christian community? At Calvary, is this area underemphasized, overemphasized, or just right?

  3. Growing up what has been your experience with Communion / Lord’s Supper / Eucharist? How did it feel to be part of that? Was it happy and rejoicing, somber and contemplative, a big meal, little wafer or cracker, or something else?

  4. Of the three big themes in communion – 1) remembering, 2) examining one’s heart / confession, or 3) looking forward to culmination of the Kingdom – which played the largest role in your understanding of communion? Why? Have the others been taught or explained? Which do you hear emphasized most around here?

  5. How high a priority is communion for you? Have you ever changed work or travel plans to make sure you don’t miss communion? Have your attitudes toward communion changed over time? Is it a bigger deal to you now than 5 years ago, or maybe the other way around? Are you less interested today than you used to be?

  6. If communion was connected to a larger meal where there was laughing, talking and connection, how would that change the experience for you? Have you seen that before? Can you imagine what that would be like?

  7. Why do you suppose that Jesus promised He would not drink of the cup again until the culmination of the Kingdom?
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