Find God’s love, grace in Communion

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The following are excerpts of a sermon given recently at the Frontline Arlington campus by pastor Todd Phillips:

I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro many years back, and when we got to the top, it was extremely quiet and there happened to be no wind. When I stood there, I truly was in awe at the grandeur of it all. I remember thinking: “Unless you are standing where I am, I simply can’t explain it to you.”

In the same way, it is impossible to explain the grandeur of Jesus Christ, the immensity of His love and the power of His grace. Each one deserves not only its own chapter in a book but has been given volumes and volumes of books, and we still cannot grasp its immensity. Each one deserves a depth of understanding that comes only with time in our Christian walk.

When we take Communion, we need to take these five steps:

No. 1: Look back to Christ’s death.

As believers, we are supposed to look back to remind us of our sinfulness and our need for a savior. 1 Corinthians 11:24 says, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Each one of us who calls ourselves a follower of Christ needs to remember the agonizing cost of our sin so we can have a relationship with God. One of the things I didn’t get the first couple years of my Christian experience was that it’s a somber reflection but also a time of celebration.

This is a time we’re supposed to be reminded of His love for us. God loves me in spite of my sin, and I like that. I don’t deserve that kind of unconditional love, and I don’t merit that kind of grace, but God has given me that because He is God and He can do what He wants, thank God.

No. 2: Look out toward the world.

1 Corinthians 11:26 says, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death.”

The proclamation of Christ’s death is something we proclaim. We’re proclaiming to the world that Christ is our lord. To those that witness us going to the table, we’re proclaiming to them the Gospel in our actions.

No. 3: Look forward to His second coming.

The second half of Verse 26 says, “You proclaim his death until he comes again.”

There is a second coming of Christ when we go to be with Him forever. When we get to that place, there will be no more sadness, no more tears, no more loss, just beautiful, eternal communion with the God of all creation. It is a promise. We have an incredible opportunity to remind ourselves of what is to come.

No. 4: Cleanse ourselves.

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