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Communion 2011

One of Us

Originally scheduled for June 19

1 Corinthians 10:16 KJV  (16)  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

The word translated "communion" in this passage is a well-known Greek word which is more commonly translated as fellowship. It is the Greek word koinonia. The apostle John, in his first letter, proclaims this fellowship to be with all who hear and believe. He argues that he has proclaimed to the reader the ultimate truth that he has seen and heard. He argues that he did this so that the reader may have fellowship with "us."

Just who do we have fellowship with?

·        Fairly obviously, we have fellowship with everyone else in this room. Communion is what defines the fellowship of the local church.

·        We also have fellowship with all living Christians. The exact ritual of communion varies greatly over the various denominations, but the cup and the loaf are always there.

·        We are also in communion with all the Saints of all the times, that great cloud of witnesses.

Perhaps you had not thought of it that way. Sometimes the local church gets tied up and just who is eligible to take communion, or what is the right form of communion ritual, or how often should we serve communion — well, you get the idea. This is a very sad thing, for in the night in which our Lord instituted the Lord's Supper he prayed that we might all be one.

So I must ask you today: is there someone in this very room with whom you cannot have fellowship? As you take and eat the bread and drink the cup you are telling the world that you are in fellowship with that person. God knows the problem, and so it is that we are told not to take communion lightly. So consider well your fellowship, and if there is anyone in the room with whom you must reconcile be sure to do it today.

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