Saturday, February 6, 2016
Communion Service: Focus on the Passion
The faith of Abraham is the faith of Jesus is the Christian hope
Romans 4.16 So the promise is based on faith in God and His promises. It is provided as a free gift, guaranteed to all the children of Abraham — not merely to those who follow the law, but also to those who belong to the same faith as Abraham had. And Abraham is thus the spiritual father of us all.
17 As Scripture says, “I have made you the father of many nations.” For in the presence of God, Abraham believed in the God who makes the dead alive and speaks of things as not existing as if they already existed.
18 Against all hope Abraham in hope believed God, so that he could become the father of many different nations, just as God had promised him: “This is how many descendants you will have!”
19 His faith in God did not weaken even though he thought his body was practically dead (he was around a hundred years old), and he knew that Sarah was too old to have children.
20 He held on tightly to God’s promise — he did not doubt it. Instead his faith in God grew stronger, and he gave glory to God.
21 He was totally convinced that what God had promised He had the power to bring about.
22 That is why Abraham was considered right by God.
23 The words “Abraham was considered right” were not just written down for his benefit.
24 They were written for us too, those of us who will be considered as right, since we believe in God who raised our Lord Jesus from the dead. 25Jesus was handed over to die because of our sins, and was raised from death to life with a view to our gaining God’s approval.
· Even though the world was yet to see one single instance of a resurrection from the dead.
· Abram also “reasoned” that the God Who had miraculously created Isaac, could recreate him.
· A type/symbol story for the Son of God.
1Cor 11.23 For I received from the lord the tradition I passed on to you: the lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took some bread.
24 After giving thanks, he broke the bread into pieces and said, “This bread represents my body, which is given for you. Remember me when you do this.”
• Ask someone to pray.
25 In the same way he took the cup, after supper, and said, “This cup is the New Covenant ratified in my blood. Remember me as often as you drink it.”
• Ask someone to pray
26 For as often you eat this bread and drink from this cup you are announcing the lord’s death, until he returns.” Maranatha!