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The Church - A Family Of Orphans // Monday, August 18

Posted: Monday, August 18

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Esther 1:1-3:15
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Psalm 35:17-28
Proverbs 21:19-20

 

Verse of the day:

For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”  In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
( 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

 

The first followers of Christ—the early church—were devoted to the breaking of bread. To the casual reader that may sound a bit strange. While devotion to "the apostles' teaching" and to "the fellowship" makes sense, the idea of breaking bread is better understood in the context of Jesus' last supper with his followers on the night before he died. When Jesus broke the bread and poured the wine, he was telling his followers they should never forget that his death was for them—that His sacrifice, the breaking of His body and the shedding of His blood, provided salvation, healing and so much more.

Is it any wonder, then, that the church of Jesus Christ is devoted to the breaking of bread? In this simple act, they remember Jesus' sacrifice and proclaim his death until he returns.

Through the simple action of sharing the bread and wine the hearts and lives of Christians are fed and satisfied. While this is a mystery that transcends human understanding, so is the love that caused God to sacrifice his own Son. Salvation is a gift of grace and love from God the Father to His children.

As the church gathers at the table of the Lord, it gathers not as a group of individuals but as a family. The church is a family of orphans who have been adopted by God as His children—brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

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