Newsletter 05.03.17

Dear Church Family,

This coming Lord’s Day we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. This meal of remembrance is often called Communion, but with whom are we communing? Is it with God or with man?

Well, we know regardless of our ethnicity, social status, gender, or any other divider—the repentance and faith that defines us as Christians makes us all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:25-28). This is true for all who are members of the universal church. However, we experience this unity and communion through the community of the local church of which we are members.

This community is meant to be experienced as we walk through life together during the week. But, it is most clearly and completely experienced when we gather together. We are a covenant assembly knit together by love for one another and our great God and Savior. In other words, in the context of local church membership, we are always in some way, shape, or form sharing in communion with one another.

Therefore, when we partake of the bread and the cup, our community of faith is ultimately communing with Jesus Christ Himself. Isn’t that amazing? Though we still long for the transformation and renewal of this earth Christ’s return will bring, this heavenly meal affords us the great blessing of communing with Jesus even now—if only in part.

Together, we are privileged to celebrate what His past, present, and future have meant, do mean, and will mean for us. We are reminded how He took on flesh, lived a perfect life, and the died on the cross in our place. We are reminded of our sin. We are reminded how He didn’t stay in the tomb, but was raised to life and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. We are reminded of our confidence. We are reminded how He promised He would come again and dwell with us for all eternity and that that day is sooner now than it has ever been. We are reminded of our future.

In all this and more, just as physical food and drink give us nourishment for the days ahead, the elements of the Lord’s Supper give us spiritual nourishment for tomorrow. This meal matters for the life and health of God’s Church. We ought to crave it beyond any earthly meal we can imagine because as often as we partake, this heavenly meal works to sustain us through the rest of our sojourning here. God is using this church ordinance as one of the means of His grace in our lives to conform us more and more into the image of His Son.

So then, brothers and sisters, come expectantly and thankfully to the Lord’s Table that you might be fed.

Gentry