What are Christian Churches anyway?
They are congregationally governed bodies with no official organization controlling them. They desire to reproduce in doctrine, life, and practice the church founded by Christ.
What do we preach? We plead for the unity of all followers of Christ. This was the ideal of Christ for His church. He prayed, "that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee" (John 17:21). This unity should not only be in spirit but in reality. It is to be like that between the Father and the Son - a unity in purpose, spirit, and practice, in which all "speak the same thing" (1 Corinthians 1:10).
Temptations: We all have them.
I read in Bob Russell devotional book this story. Once while playing golf, I watched a fascinating drama. It started when a large dog began chasing a mallard duck that had been peacefully minding her own business.
The duck scurried into a nearby lake and began to swim away. The dog refused to quit and dove in after her.
The duck led the dog right to the middle of the pond, sometimes slowing down a little to entice the canine. Just when the dog seemed ready to catch his prey, the duck disappeared underwater. The dog stopped, lifted its head, and looked around, completely bewildered. About fifteen seconds later, the duck resurfaced forty or fifty feet away. The dog swam frantically to catch up, only for the duck to repeat the disappearing act.
Mark 4:35-41 - Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
When We Partake the Lord’s Supper.
Partaking of the Lord’s Supper is not a meaningless routine ritual. We must partake thoughtfully, and with our minds engaged. Communion should be one of the richest and most meaningful experiences of our week.
1. We remember Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.
“Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24*). Lest we think we deserve God’s favor, lest we forget what Christ did for us, we are regularly reminded of the price paid for our salvation. The cross of Christ is not an insignificant fact from the storeroom of history. We are remembering and savoring the meaning of the most pivotal event in human history.
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