Communion in the church service

This is what I shared for communion last Sunday. Please enjoy…

This week I have been reading the 2016 National Church Life Survey results. I have been looking through how the church as a whole is going in Australia and the things people enjoy about church.

In the survey church members were asked what aspects of the church service they enjoy the most and which parts are most meaningful to them. 39% of people said communion or the Lord’s supper was the most meaningful part of the service. Second was the sermon at 36%. For me personally, communion is the most meaningful part of the service.

Also during the week, I did a Pastors connect group at the Church of Christ in Perth. In session they shared some of the distinctives of the CoC. One key distinctive is that we celebrate communion each week. The people who founded our association saw this as a key part of our services and our churches have held true to that belief. This is something I think Jesus and the Apostles would be pleased with.

Today for communion I want to read a familiar passage. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 the Apostle Paul says this…

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11 that as often as we take the Lord’s supper we proclaim the Lord’s death until he returns. Communion tells a story. The story of mankind who has sinned and gone astray. Communion reveals the effect of the story. That mankind was lost and separated from God until Jesus came and paid the price for our sin on the cross. Communion looks forward to the person of the story. Jesus is the focal point of the story. Christ gave his life for us and he is coming again for us.

As we take communion today. Let us remember Jesus who is central to our story. He paid the price for our sin and made our salvation possible.
Let us pray.

WDJDWI sermon

Hello all,

My sermon from today in now online. It was titled, “WDJDWI”. Or for those who were good enough to guess, “What did Jesus do when interrupted!”

In this message we looked at two main passages. The woman who had been bleeding for 12 years and how she touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed (Mark 5:21-34). This interrupted Jesus on His was to heal the synagogue leaders daughter who was dying.

The second passage was from Matthew 14:13-22. In this passage Jesus had gone to the other side of the lake by boat to take some time to mourn the death of John the Baptist (Jesus’ cousin). The crowds found Jesus and interrupted His mourning. Jesus then healed the sick and fed 5000 plus people in an amazing miracle.

When we go through the gospels, we see that Jesus never discarded any of the interruptions that came along His way. He always made the best use of those interruptions. In fact, some of the greatest miracles that Jesus had performed were through interruptions He had while doing something else!

Today we looked at two examples of Jesus being interrupted and how He responded. There are many more…

  • When speaking to a crowd in Luke 5:17-19, Jesus healed a lame man brought to Him in the middle of His message.
  • When asleep in the boat in Luke 8:22-24, a storm threatens, and He calms the storm and calms the terrified disciples.
  • When travelling to Jericho in Mark 10:46-52, Jesus healed a blind man who cried out to Him from the edge of the road.
  • When talking with his disciples in Luke 12:11-21, someone comes to ask about an inheritance and He tells the parable of the rich fool.
  • When praying in a solitary place in Mark 1:35-39, the disciples find Him.
  • When celebrating at the wedding in Cana in John 2:1-12, he was celebrating a wedding and He had to turn warn in to wine.

Never once is Jesus ‘thrown’ by these interruptions. He doesn’t even lose His temper. But He uses each occasion as a golden opportunity for some priceless teaching or wonderful miracle.

For us today as Christians, God sends certain interruptions into our lives to catch our attention. He knows that we have schedules to keep and work to do, but He wants us to look to Him. He wants our attention on things that are more important to Him at that present moment. Let’s pray and ask Him for the wisdom to discern what He may be trying to say through interruptions.

We never know how a listening ear, a helping hand, or a kind encouraging word can do in someone’s life. Maybe if we take the time to stop, God may perform and amazing miracle through us.

If you want to read the full text of the message you can find it here, or you can listen to the audio here.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave

The right people sermon

Hello all,

My sermon from today is now up on the website. The title was “The right people in the right place” and looked at Acts chapter 6 verses 1-7.

In this passage 3000 people were added to the church after a powerful sermon from the Apostle Peter. As you can imagine they had some growing pains.

The main three points in the sermon was…

  1. The Problem – The Apostles needed help after the rapid growth in the church. Church leaders today need help and they need to let others help too.
  2. The Solution – The people chose 7 people who had a good reputation, full of Holy Spirit and with God’s wisdom. We need the same today.
  3. The Outcome – The right people in place led to more church growth. Having the right people in the right place can help us too.

You can find the full text here and the audio here.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave

Encouraged and discouraged at the same time

I went to a great event last Sunday. We had our 5th Sunday combined wheatbelt Churches of Christ service. This happens every time there is a 5th Sunday in the month.

We take turns in hosting the event. Church members come from Merredin, Bruce Rock, Mukinbudin, Corrigin, Narembean, and Dowerin all attend.

The great thing about this is it allows us all to get together and hear about what is happening in each others churches and we have a great time of joint worship, teaching and fellowship.

This last weekend it was in Mukinbudin. The church in Muka is normal 50-7o people on a Sunday, but it swelled to just under 200. This is a big gathering in our smaller country towns.

I was encouraged by the great worship and a great sermon from a guest speaker. I was also encouraged by what was happening in the other churches.

However, I also felt discouraged the next day. To see that many people worshipping God in one church left me wanting more. More people in each of the churches.

We have got a great message of hope and salvation in Christ. A great message of abundant life that is being missed by many of the people in the wheatbelt.

My heart breaks to think many people do not hear about God’s love for them and they don’t take the step of trusting Christ for their salvation. It breaks my heart to think many will miss out on salvation.

But rather than let this discouragement lead to dispair, I am going to use it to fuel me to reach more people for Christ. Not only do we need more people in our churches, we need more people living in God’s Kingdom. 

This starts with you and I telling people about the love and saving message of Christ. People need to hear that God loves them, that Jesus came and died for their sin, and that salvation, forgiveness and new life is found in Jesus.

Will you join me?

God Bless,