Sermons and Classes
CONGRATULATIONS KATIE: Katie Castaneda has her commencement this afternoon at 2:00. We have watched this young lady change from an energetic child to a beautiful young woman, and we rejoice at her achieving this vital step forward to the future.
POTLUCK TODAY: We are still having our potluck today even though many of our number will not be able to stay for it because of the commencement exercises. We will still have plenty of food, so plan to stay and eat with us.
SHULTS-LEWIS AND INDOGAN COMMODITIES REQUESTED: One of the ways we support programs for young people is to assist organized efforts in our area to serve them. Shults Lewis Children's Home in Valparaiso, who we help, has asked us to collect all kinds of sauces for them to use in feeding their children. Bring any sauce you would like and we will relieve their needs by giving them everything from barbecue sauce to Picante. Camp Indogan has asked us to collect saltines and cake mixes for the same purpose. Just bring what you can and leave it on the pew in the lobby.
A. Romans 10:10I. WORK TOWARDS A WILLING HEART.
B. Matthew 15:17 – 20 — Unclean = lost — messed up life
C. Heart — Webster: “seat of emotion”
D. Take care of your heart — physically, emotionally
A.Exodus 35:5 — What you believe in, you pursue.II. HAVE A PERFECT HEART IN ALL YOU DO.
1. Israel gave so much they had to be stoppedB. 2 Corinthians 9:7 — Give cheerfully or don't give
A. 1 Chronicles 29:9 — Be genuine, enthusiasticIII. PUSH YOURSELF TO HAVE A TENDER HEART.
B. Be involved in God's work wholeheartedly
A. 2 Chronicles 34:27IV. DO NOT FEAR HAVING YOUR HEART BROKEN.
1. What is your reaction to what you hear here?B. God calls us to be pliable, yielding not hard, stubborn.
A. Psalm 34:18 — Can you feel sorrow for failure?V. MAKE YOUR UNITY WITH GOD YOUR PRIMARY UNION.
B. Psalm 51:3 – 4 — “My sin is ever before me.”
1. The cure for arrogancy
A. Psalm 86:11VI. ENLARGE YOUR HEART TO CARE ABOUT EVERYONE.
B. Matthew 22:37 — Do not be unequally yoked.
1. 2 Corinthians 6:14 — Good causes can go bad.
2. Plan around your relationship to God.
A. Matthew 9:35 – 36VII. BE SATISFIED AND SOLID IN YOUR HEART.
B. Can you care about the “Girls in Somalia?”
A. Proverbs 14:30VIII. HAVE A PURE HEART WITH AN OPTIMISTIC SPIRIT.
B. You can be right in doctrine and wrong in practice.
1. Cynicism has to be crowded out.
A. Proverbs 15:15IX. WORK TOWARD BEING COMPLETELY TRUE IN YOUR FAITH.
B. Matthew 5:8 — Hating evil does not mean be arrogant.
A. Hebrews 10:22X. DEVELOP A HONEST AND GOOD HEART.
B. Be genuine — the church must be genuine.
A. LUKE 8:15 – What kind of soil are you?
1. Have you been changed by your faith?
THE BACK PAGE
We have encouraged questions of any kind to be asked by putting the questions in the “Question Box” in the lobby. The children have been using the box more than the adults, and our children's classes have been careful to answer the questions that clearly came from one of our kids. Recently however, we had a question that was not in a child's writing about why our communion is not closed.
A closed communion is one in which only members of the Lord's church participate. Proponents of this kind of communion cite 1 Corinthians 11:27 – 30 which talks about eating the bread or drinking the cup in an unworthy manner or without recognizing the body of the Lord “eats and drinks judgement on himself.” The context of this passage was that the Corinthians had turned the communion service into a drunken party (see verses 20 – 22). Paul tells the Corinthians to do their partying at home (see verse 34).
The communion service is a time of remembrance of what Jesus Christ has done for us, and the fulfilling the instructions of Jesus in Matthew 26:26 – 28. It is important to understand that the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine are not sacred. The doctrine of transubstantiation which teaches that the bread actually miraculously becomes Jesus' flesh and that the fruit of the vine actually becomes the blood of Jesus, is not biblical. Jesus was still alive in Matthew 26:26 when he says “Take and eat; this is my body.” It is the memory of what Jesus did and the act of communion which is to be done in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27).
For a non-believer, eating the communion is like the child who says “I want crackers and juice too.” It is meaningless, but it is not a sin. No one is worthy of the death of Christ; but neither are we to judge who should participate, which closed communion requires. Each child of God should be a part of remembering Jesus and the sacrifice that was made for us.
— John Clayton