Our church celebrates Communion once a month, on the first Sunday. Our Pastor normally reads the standard passage from 1 Corinthians chapter 11, focusing especially on verses 28-30.
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. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 1 Corinthians 11:28-30He always makes it clear that if there is anything between you and the Savior, you can take care of the matter right there in your pew, quoting the promise stated in 1 John 1:9.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9This morning he went one step further. He said that if there is anything between us and another, we should go to that person now and make it right with them, seeking to be reconciled. Then we could partake of the Lord's Supper, or if that person wasn't there, to go to them later and not partake now. This took me a little by surprise. Not that I thought it wasn't scriptural.
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matt 5:23-24The reality of it just wow'd me. Is there someone he had in mind for him to say that? Is it me? Would I go to someone if there was an issue, in plain sight of the whole congregation? I wonder if anyone is getting up? No, I didn't look around. I have some couth.
I guess he could have been trying to make the point that God does take our sins seriously, and not just those specifically against him, but also those between one another. Often we excuse or overlook the wrongs we have done to others, while seeking to be right with God. We either don't consider these to be all that serious, or we simply don't (want to) recognize them as such.
One thing I do know is that,
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