This Sunday, we celebrate communion at Blainsport. It is something we take very seriously as we prepare to come to the Lord’s Table. The Apostle Paul instructs, “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:28–29, ESV).
A Christian should “examine” himself to determine whether he or she is participating in the Lord’s Supper worthily. The word “examine” means to test for approval. We are to take a good look at our lives and relationships make sure we are in the right place to take the Lord’s Supper. In context, the Corinthians were partaking unworthily by treating fellow Christians poorly. As followers of Jesus, our relationships with others should reveal our relationship with Christ.
Notice also that we are not to examine someone else. Instead, we are to look at ourselves. We are experts at analyzing others. We must become experts at examining ourselves. I believe that we have to become honest with ourselves and honest with God to have a dynamic fellowship with the Lord. This is the work we do before Sunday morning—before we come to His table.
Next Sunday, we will begin a new sermon series based in the Book of Hebrews. Hebrews is a rich book, filled with deep theological understandings of the work of Christ on the cross on our behalf. I encourage you to look ahead by reading bite-sized chunks from Hebrews in preparation for our study.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Eric grew up in the little town of Gibraltar, PA with his grandparents. He met his wife Cheryl while working at Good’s Greenhouse in Bowmansville, PA. He has three adult children and values watching them grow into the people God wants them to be.