Sun, 21 July 2013
July 7, 2013
Taking Hold of the Promise
Synopsis: My message today is part of our celebration of The Remembrance (Lord’s Supper) and carries the theme forward from last Sunday’s sermon comparing and contrasting Elijah’s ascension story to of Christ. I hope to focus attention on the elements of the meal as a sign that we believers are “taking hold of the promise” as Elisha did when he picked up Elijah’s cloak (Elijah-14).
Jesus used the challenge of the cross (Matthew-39) with His disciples. It is not enough to say you believe or that you belong. The power of faith comes in the cross of Christ.
Paul used the analogy of a soldier’s armor (Ephesians-17) and called on believers to suit up for the battle of faith. He was not talking about a flesh and blood warfare, but a spiritual battle.
Now hear the words of Jesus as He spoke His disciples on the night He was betrayed (Mark-25). Is He not inviting them to be identified with Him and are we not invited to do the same every time we come to the Lord’s Table in of Remembrance of Him?
Scripture Text (NLT): Elijah-14; Matthew -39; Ephesians -17; Mark -25
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 30:1-4