Who is leading? How about you?
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, he knew full well that arrest, ridicule, torture, and death awaited him (Matthew 20:18). Yet, Jesus courageously mounted a young colt and orchestrated the triumphal entry (Luke 19:28-38).
"Almost any man in such a case," wrote William Barclay, "would have considered discretion the better part of valor and if he had come to Jerusalem at all would have slipped in under cover of night and would have kept prudently to the back streets until he reached shelter. But Jesus entered Jerusalem in a way that deliberately set himself in the center of the stage and deliberately riveted every eye upon himself."
Other biblical characters were much more reluctant to accept difficult assignments. When Saul learned that Samuel intended to anoint him king over Israel, he tried to hide. When Moses was commanded by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, he tried every way possible to squirm out of the assignment. When Gideon was ordered to take on the powerful Midianite army, he pleaded for additional reassurance. Ananias hesitated before accepting the responsibility of preaching to Saul of Tarsus.
In the Beginning
Astronomers have discovered what they believe to be the original building blocks of the universe: slight ripples of matter spread throughout space. They say it confirms the big bang theory.
The scientist who made the discovery said, "It's like looking at God." Astronomy students at one university pinned up a cosmic map and wrote across it, "Behold the Face of God."
Well, that's going a bit too far. Yet it's true that the big bang theory has demolished one of the most potent arguments against faith in God.
For centuries, most scientists believed the universe was eternal. They argued that there was never a time when matter didn't exist, and hence there is no need for a God to create it.
Why Celebrate Every Week?
Some in the church world today ask, “Why celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week?” In the Christian churches/churches of Christ, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper each Sunday because we find that pattern reflected in the early church described in the New Testament. While it is inevitable that the church has changed over the centuries, we believe there are basic patterns worth preserving, and this is one of them.
But this leads to a more basic question: “Why did the early church celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week?”
Two theological distinctives mark the way we celebrate Communion here at the Christian Church in Lindsay. First is the frequency of the Supper. We observe the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day. The earliest Christians broke on the first day of the week ( Acts 20:7 ), and we seek to do as well. Second is the universality of the Supper. All believers are welcome at the table, regardless of denominational affiliation or theological persuasion. It is the Lord’s table, not ours. He invites, we respond. An open and inclusive table fellowship practice was a regular feature of the earthly ministry of our Lord and a visible expression of the unity of the church.
In the serving of the Lord’s Supper, please partake of the elements as they are passed and say “God Bless You” to the person sitting next to you.
Pastor Paul Leavens
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