There is no substance to transubstantiation

When it comes to the doctrine of substantiation there’s simply no substance … only a substantial error.

If any tradition causes us to believe that John 6:51-56 teaches that Christians literally eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus then it’s the tradition that has the problem because the literal doctrine of transubstantiation literally violates the doctrine of God.

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July 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Worship)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • In Spirit and Truth (Rick Brumback)
  • Worship (Cody Westbrook)
  • I Will Sing the Wondrous Story (Andy Baker)
  • Approaching the Throne of Grace (Bruce Ligon)
  • Preaching As Worship (Mike Vestal)
  • New Testament Giving (Jon McCormack)
  • Worship – The Lord’s Supper (Kerry Clark)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

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No fussin’ at the table

Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.” (1 Corinthians 11:20-22 – NKJV)

Much like children (1 Corinthians 3:1-4) fussin’ at the dinner table, some at the church of Corinth had a problem when they sat down to eat the Lord’s holy meal.

Paul’s letter is replete with the several details of Corinth’s other issues, but by the time Paul gets halfway through “chapter 11” of his letter he lays out his rebuke of their behavior during communion in no uncertain term: “Quit fussin’ at the table!”

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-32 – NKJV)

The Lord’s table does not leave room for fussin’.

Done someone wrong? Make it right the way the Lord would want you to through repentance. Someone done you wrong? Make it right by treating them as the Lord has treated you (this doesn’t do away with their responsibility to repent – but this mindset is the mindset of the Lord). Do what needs to be done to hush the fussin’.

Communion is a time to confess our faults – not create new ones. Communion is a time to give forgiveness – not demand it. Communion is a time for humility – not haughtiness. Communion is a time to examine self – not others. Communion is a time to fill our soul – not our belly. Communion is a time to have communion with the Lord, and communion doesn’t have time for fussin’ with brothers and sisters.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26 – NKJV)

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The Lord’s Supper is a sacred feast instituted by the Lord on the very last night He was a free man. The Lord’s Supper signifies not only the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord, but also His future return, with judgment to follow. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, the Lord presented the unleavened bread as a representation of His life (“I am the bread of life”) and the fruit of the vine as a representation of His death (“the cup of the New Covenant”). According to the New Testament, the saints in the 1st century gathered to commune with the Lord on the first day of each week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:25). “The church is set between the center (the cross) and the consummation (the coming again) of history. The Lord’s Supper holds the two foci together” (Ferguson, Ecclesiology, p. 254).

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Free e-book on Lord’s supper

Get free e-book on Lord’s Supper by Roger Dickson of South Africa.

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Communion with the saints

Our preacher this morning seemed to get choked up near the end of his sermon as he talked about being grateful for finding the church. I’m not sure what prompted it, unless it was the support shown his family in the death of his father-in-law last Thursday.

Yesterday, we had four non-Christian couples to participate in our little get-together in Taubaté. Ricardo and Marilia did a great job putting it together. It was a three-in-one event: a couples’ shindig, a country party typical of June, and Valentine’s Day (June 12).

Coming up Saturday is our monthly advanced Bible study, part three of what I’m calling the “Theology of the Biblical Model.” The word “theology” is a favorite here, so I used it, for the first time, in the advanced study. I suppose it’s good shorthand for “What the Bible teaches about …” When I first put it together, it was seven pages of outline, and I’ve added to it since then. I might stretch it into July, but will probably need to give it rest after that.

Almost every Sunday we eat lunch with a Christian family, either here at home, when The Missus is able to get it together, or at a buffet restaurant. That, plus the meetings of the two congregations we work with, means we’re all day Sunday with Christians, which we enjoy. And sometimes after the second meeting, some opportunity comes up as well.

Well, much of me and we here tonight. Let me end with this:

Communion with saints is always sweet,
And all the more in trials;
In church with faithful friends we meet,
Who’ll walk with us for miles.

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BibleTalk: What the Lord's Supper Does For Us

Steve Preston’s BibleTalk on the Lord’s Supper. Any thoughts on the supper are good to consider, these especially so.

One avenue of worship to God is what we call the Lord’s Supper. It is a reflection of what our Lord Jesus has done for us. When we partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, we are partaking of that sacrifice that was made for our sins. It is an act of worship that is as important as anything else that we might do during the assembly. This lesson will focus on two things that the Lord’s Supper does for us.

First, partaking of the Lord’s Supper reminds us of Jesus’ death. 1 Cor. 11:26 says “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” What was so important about the death of Christ that it needed to be remembered “often”? The death of Christ is what gives each of us a chance to make it to heaven. His death was the greatest sacrifice, the only sacrifice that could make atonement for our sins. Christ is the only man that has ever lived on the earth that didn’t deserve to die. In a similar fashion to the passage in I Cor., Luke 22:19-20 tells us that Jesus “took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Jesus was preparing His disciples for what was about to happen. He gave His body for the life of the world. Jesus shed His precious blood for us even while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:6-8; Matthew 26:28).

Secondly, the Lord’s Supper reminds us that we are sinners in need of saving. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). If not for man’s sin, Jesus would have remained in heaven (Psalm 8:4-5). Matthew 20:28 declares “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Sin has “kidnapped” man and the blood of Jesus was the ransom. Jesus was the only one that could have paid the debt. Scripture also tells us that “.almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). There was no other way for our sins to be remitted but by the blood of Christ. Hebrews 9:28 reinforces this idea by saying “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.”

Partaking of the Lord’s Supper is a very solemn event. It is a time when we look back to the sacrifice that Jesus made for all people for all time. As we consume the bread and the fruit of the vine, let us meditate on the death of our saviour and pray to the Father thanking Him for giving up His only Son that we might be saved. Hebrews 10:18 tells us there is now no more offering for sin since our Lord offered Himself. The Lord’s Supper helps us to remember the offering that Jesus made.

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A Holy Celebration

Today as on every first day of the week we celebrate in remembrance the death, burial and resurrection of Christ our Savior as in Act 20:7. We partake of the bread as the pure and righteous body that suffered and died for us; drink the blood shed for the remission of our sins. Praise His Holy name.

I posted this on FB this morning. Some have copied and pasted on their home page. Feel free to do the same or simular to keep the truth moving forwards.

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He’s alive! Praise God! Today we will celebrate the events that occurred on Friday-Sunday about 2000 years ago. Of course we will celebrate it again next Sunday and the Sunday after that and the Sunday after that. Acts 20:7

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Any Valentine’s Day celebration? No cel…

Any Valentine’s Day celebration? No celebration for me as such – just sharing communion with the saints and the Lord.

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