Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast : Our Common Provisions

Sermons presented at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN by Dr. Sonny Strange

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Our Common Provisions

October 5, 2008

World Communion Sunday

Our Common Provisions

Philippians 3:10-11

Sermon Synopsis: Today is World Communion Sunday.  Believers of various denominations set a side this Sunday to remember together the things we have in common.  What do we have in common with other people of the Christian faith?  Jesus!  The broken bleeding body of Christ Jesus is offered to any one who will come in faith as part of His body, the church.

      The provisions of the Lord’s Table are supplied by Jesus.  We take a piece of bread in remembrance of Jesus, broken for our healing.  We drink the cut in remembrance of Jesus’ life offered to establish the new covenant, a covenant of love.  The love of God for humanity is expressed in the gift of God’s one and only Son.  The love of humanity for God is expressed in our acceptance of the love God offers us in Christ Jesus.  Our love for God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit finds expression in our relationships with one another.  The love of God is expressive in its true nature.

      Religion is always held accountable by God for how well that love finds expression in what, why and how they do church.  Psalms 80:7-15; Isaiah 5:1-7; and Matt. 21:33-46, NIV share a vineyard theme.  In each God has created a fruitful vineyard but for one reason or another God is denied the fruit of that vineyard.  God executes judgment in each case but never stops trying.  Each new venture opens the door of opportunity for others to be a part of God’s grand venture. 

      In Philippians 3:4b-14 Paul lays out his religious claims to God’s vineyard and then declares those claims to be worthless.  What matters then?  Jesus!  Paul writes,

10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

      As we come to the Lord’s Table in concert with churches around the world, let us pause to consider the fruit of our lives that we bring to God.  Fruit of love a sacrifice of our daily lives offered freely, humbly, without restitution.

      Behold the provisions of the Lord’s Table.  Jesus’ brokenness and life offered to whoever will come.  So come!  Come you who are barren desolate creatures and be transformed into fruit vineyards of God’s grace.  Heaven belongs to all those who come to God in Christ Jesus and are transformed.

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