May 21, 2017: Reframing the Lord’s Supper & Seeing Christ in Nature

Reframing the Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a central aspect of the church – (Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer., 20:7&11 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. When he had gone back up and had broken the bread and eaten, he talked with them a long while until daybreak, and then left.) Matt. 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:14-20

  • Full meal
  • Celebratory
  • Bread/body; wine/blood
  • Remember ME (not the crucifixion) life, death, resurrection, ascension, enthronement, indwelling
  • Covenant meal – celebrating the New Covenant 1 Cor. 11:25 – In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
  • Jesus Christ has switched the cups!!! (He took our cup of wrath, gave us His cup of blessing 1 Cor. 10:16 –  
  • We all eat the ONE LOAF and drink the SAME BLOOD from the ONE CUP. 1 Cor. 10:15-17 –  I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. 16 Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? 17 Since there is one ]bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.
  • Bread and wine were basic food staples. Rich and poor alike had bread and wine.
  • Alcohol is antiseptic so one cup is ok but not a rule
  • We can sing songs or speak songs, we can speak scripture, we can speak to Him, we can simply declare Him
  • Presenting bread and wine – anyone can do it

Seeing Christ in Nature

“It was this whole good world outside as much as anything that brought me back to Christian faith. I emerged from childhood with a distorted image of God: a frowning Supercop looking to squash anyone who might be having a good time. I have since come to know God as a whimsical artist who fills the world with creatures like the porcupine and skunk and warthog, who lavishes the world with wildflowers and tropical fish more beautiful than any design on display in an art museum.”

 A Whole Good World Outside: Opening Our Blinds To The Prevailing Wonder of Creation by Philip Yancey
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/july/15.64.html?start=1

Trees
Pando (latin for “I spread”), also known as the Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of a single male quaking aspen determined to be a single living organism by identical genetic markers and assumed to have one  massive underground root system. Estimated at 80,000 yrs. old it is considered to be the oldest, heaviest living organism in the world. Located in Utah. Approximately 47,000 trees all have identical genetic markers and a single root system. Spans 107 acres
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pando-the-trembling-giant

Animals
The Ibex is a type of wild goat that lives in the European Alps. There is another subset called a Nubian Ibex with lives in the dry mountain areas of Middle Eastern and Northern African countries like Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, Lebanon and Sudan. We would consider that both the Alpine and Nubian Ibex live in pretty harsh environments but for them it is normal. Watch a video of the Ibex in action
Cryptic Species
Caterpillar to Butterfly
Hummingbird

Mountains
High place, heavenly view, true reality, Christ is the high place, the heavenly view the true reality- song of songs He calls her away to the mountains- out of ourselves and into Christ.

Sermon on a mount, transfigured on a mount, died on a mount, ascended to heaven from a mount, gave his law from a mount. Mountains are big, some impossible to climb- they are to steer us away from our incapable, insufficient human life and redirect us to Christ all sufficient capable divine eternal life.

Resources:

Pagan Christianity, Chapter 9 “Baptism and the Lord’s Supper” by George Barna & Frank Viola
Reimagining Church, Chapter 3 “Reimagining the Lord’s Supper” by Frank Viola
3rd Race Blog Posts: Seeing Christ in Nature
Seeing Christ in the Flowers of the Trees by Tim Buss
The Butterfly In You: Discovering Your True Identity In Christ by Milt Rodriguez

The next time you want to have a Lord’s supper you can think on and declare these things…remember these things. It’s not a ritual but a person we’re remembering. We celebrate Him remember Him…not mourn for ourselves!! We are exhorted to think of and look at Christ not ourselves.
Here are the 20 Things the Blood of Christ Does

Interview with Tim Buss

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3 thoughts on “May 21, 2017: Reframing the Lord’s Supper & Seeing Christ in Nature”

  1. When you all were talking about taking communion, i kept picturing Christ going back to the Tree of Life in the garden and us eating from him/consuming him……

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