Welcome everyone to our second week of the CommunionConnection. I’m your host Pastor Josh Smith, but you’re welcome to just think of me as Josh. I pray you’ve had a blessed week. I know I am blessed to be here with you once again. Feel free to visit our website at www.thecommunionconnection.com. While you’re there, you can look at my bio on the about page, read my weekly blog on the home page as well as make comments on the show and contact. New this week is a link to communion products on the resource page, which will take you to christianbook.com. For now, let me turn it over to Ashton and then I’ll be right back.
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All right. Thank you Ashton, and welcome back everybody. Hey, did anyone get a chance to stop by Sunshine Juice this week? Did you visit Erin over on East Virginia or maybe visit Arielle over on West Franklin? I hope you guys did. I know they’ve really got some great stuff. Those juice’s are really good for fighting all the processed food that we take in in our lives these days. But with them, you know, everything’s organic and fresh and really does a great job detoxing your body. For those of us who fast, that can be a fuel source during that time of not taking in any food. Anyway, we love those guys over there, those ladies and I hope you’ll stop and take some time to see them.
All right, I thought we would go over this week and talk about the elements, what it is that we actually take when we’re doing communion. So for many of us, there’s probably going to be common knowledge but we’ve continued to lay down some groundwork as we’re getting to know each other and forming this community. The first of the two elements of course is the bread and that’s kind of a big subject. There’s a lot of different breads out there. You know, in first Corinthians 11 it says verse 23, they took bread and then in 24 it says when he had broke it and said, this is my body, which is for you, do this in remembrance of Me. In John 6: 47-51, Jesus says that he is the living bread from heaven. The bread is His flesh and eating this bread will cause you to have eternal life.
Now you may be questioning or thinking, Hey, I can, you know, have any kind of bread. I’d like, I’ll have pumpkin bread and take communion or zucchini bread. But really that we do have some biblical guidelines for taking can union. I know there’s a couple of things that I follow just from my understanding of the Bible. I’ve always preferred to take a bread without leaven, meaning that there’s no yeast in it, no rising agent. And a reason I do this is, first of all, when Jesus was giving his talk to the disciples in the upper room about taking the bread, it was during Passover. During Passover they would’ve been eating bread that had no leaven and we know that based on Exodus 12:8 it says, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread. The very, the killing and eating of the lamb, actually during the very first Passover, it was a prophecy of the lamb of God to come.
Well, that’s kind of a neat little thing that the Lord gave us. The second reason that I use the unleavened bread is that Jesus was always warning his disciples about the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees, He talked about that in Matthew 16:6 it’s a source of religion that has a way of working its way into you and affects your whole relationship with the Lord. Now, neither of these two things are set in stone and something that certainly is a law and it’s just sort of a guideline for what I do to take communion. So, believe me, I love a lot of different breads like so many people do. I’ve got a friend and she makes just fantastic banana bread. However, communion isn’t really the times of that bread. So I find something unleavened, something like a, motzza bread, which ends up being almost more like a cracker. But that’s because of the, the lack of a rising agent. So our next element is the, again, in first Corinthians 25 to 26, we see this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this in remembrance. We also see in John six 48 -58 that in addition to eating his flesh, the bread, your urged to drink his blood the juice. What are the biggest arguments I get referring to the cup of the Lord as whether or not to use wine or juice.
Again, this doesn’t need to be a source of contention and certainly don’t need to be legalistic about it. It’s people have varying opinions, but this is the guideline for me, my family from my understanding of scripture. So on the initial Passover text, we see again that leaven was not allowed. And so if you don’t have leaven, if you don’t have yeast, you have no ability to make wine. Now and just like with the lamb, prophecy the lamb was to come as a sacrifice. The blood on the door post is also prophecy the blood that Jesus would spill for us. Once again, drawing from our texts in Matthew 16:6, we see Jesus warning us about the yeast of the religious systems. Now the Bible is full of warnings against drunkenness and priest as well as leaders are called to live to a high standard. Now what degree of leadership your are called to is not really the question here, but this one thing is, sure, the Lord calls us all to be a kingdom of priests. You can read that in first Peter 2:9. So as a leader and a pastor, I teach and I live in the belief that alcohol is not to be a part of my walk with the Lord. If you have different feelings on that, then feel free to take communion in the way that you see fit. But I know for me, communion is taken with an unleavened bread and it’s taken with a grape juice.
Now, like I said, The bread, you can get something like a motzza bread or some kind of crackerish type bread that doesn’t have leaven, so it doesn’t rise. And then we get some form of grape juice to drink. Now, having gathered those two things together, let’s go ahead and take communion together. It says in first Corinthians 11:23, For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered that the Lord Jesus in the night, which he was betrayed, took the bread and giving thanks He broke it and said, this is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Oh Jesus. We thank you for the sacrifice you made that you wrestled in the garden of Gesthemane knowing that on the one hand your flesh didn’t want suffer, but on the other hand your heart was to do the will of the Father who sent you and having won that victory in the garden. You allowed yourself to be beaten, nailed to the cross for our sins and your body was broken so that we could be healed. Oh Jesus, we thank you for everything you’ve done and your precious name we pray, amen. Let’s take the bread.
Next, you took the cup also after supper saying this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me for as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Jesus, your blood was poured out. It was spilled for us so that we could once and for all be washed clean. Lord when the priest’s of old did day after day, week after week and month after month of spilling the blood of goats and bulls. You cam once and for all and spilled it so that for all of eternity, anyone who chose to enter into relationship with you could be washed clean of their sin. We thank you for this precious gift, Jesus. In your Holy name we pray. Amen.
Well, thank you guys for joining me once again, I feel honored to lead in the taking of communion. Hey, feel free to go to our site, www.thecommunionconnection.com and check us out. I sure would appreciate it if you left comments. It tells us what you think. Feel free to even start a discussion on communion if you have questions. It’s a great place to get in touch with us and other than that, we will see you next week. God bless.