WORSHIP-2 - Worshiping Through the Lord's Supper & Giving
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“Lesson 2-Worshiping through The Lord’s Supper & Giving”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The Bible says that ‘the disciples came together on the first day of the
week to break bread,’ Acts 20:7.
We welcome you today to our study of worshiping God through the
actions of partaking the Lord's Supper, and giving.
Today we're thinking about two various aspects of ways that we
worship God, and especially as we worship God corporately, together with
God's people, and through the action of giving as well, and those ways are
through taking the Lord's Supper, and through the action of giving. We're
going to focus on what the Bible says on these subjects.
What do we know on the subject of the Lord's Supper, especially?
We know that Jesus instituted it in Matthew 26:26-28. Jesus, as at that last
supper with His disciples, took that fruit of the vine. He took that
unleavened bread. “This is my blood, this is my body.” He said to them, “Do
this in remembrance of me.” We know that Christians in the New
Testament did partake of the Lord's Supper. We noted in Acts 20:7, the
disciples came together on the first day of the week for that purpose, to
break bread. We want to learn what we can about the Lord's Supper, so
that when we partake of it, we do it in a way that brings honor, and glory,
and really worships God.
What do we know about the Lord's Supper? A premier text that deals
with the Lord's Supper is found in your Bible in 1 Corinthians 11. Notice 1
Corinthians 11:20-22, we learn that to worship God correctly, through the
Lord's Supper, there has to be an attitude of reverence involved. Paul says,
“Therefore when you come together in one place,” Paul is condemning
them because they're not eating the Lord's supper, “it's not to eat the Lord's
supper, for in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others, one's
hungry another's drunk,” Paul says, “Do you not have houses to eat and
drink in, or do you despise the church of God, and shame those who have
nothing?” Paul says, “What shall I say to you, shall I praise you in this? I do
not praise you.” Now there were problems in Corinth, and Paul's dealing
with this. When partaking of the Lord's Supper, some got there early
evidently, some got there a little later, and instead of waiting on everybody,
and doing it together as the body of Christ, others are jumping ahead.
You've got chaos. And so Paul says, ‘this is not something we can say is
good.’ There ought to be an attitude of reverence. We ought to do it to
worship God. I don't show up to get my supper- that's not the idea. I'm not
going to get there before others, so I can get a little ahead- that's not the
idea, or the mentality. We partake of the Lord's Supper. We do it with an
attitude of reverence to worship God. John 4:24, “God's a spirit; those who
worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
We remember the Lord's Supper to exalt the death, the burial, and
the resurrection, and to honor Jesus Christ. That's why we partake of the
Lord's Supper with an attitude of reverence. I want to honor and pay tribute
to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ‘Thanks be to God who gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,’ 1 Corinthians 15:57. I want to
remember what Jesus did on the Cross for me. ‘He, Himself, for our sins in
his own body upon the tree,’ and so there is a sense of reverence for God,
but there's also a sense of respect for others as well. In the first century it
must've been a scene of chaos- some getting there early, some getting
there in the middle, some getting there late, everybody's taking it ahead of
everybody, there's no cohesion, there's no communion, and that's not the
idea. It's just chaos. Out of respect for others, we want to do it together. We
want to do it in a manner that will promote people growing closer to God,
and respect for one another, and honoring everybody in a situation like
I want you to notice, not only do we have to have the attitude of
reverence and respect, but there are certain definite requirements, when it
comes to the Lord's Supper. Notice 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 in your Bible.
Paul says, “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the same night in which he was betrayed, took
bread. When He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat, this is
my body, which is broken for you, do this in remembrance of me.’ In the
same manner, He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the
new covenant in my blood, this do as often as you drink it, in remembrance
of me.’” In principle, there are requirements that God has set, and the
principle is simply, God has always wanted us to do what He said. 1
Corinthians 4:6 we're very clearly told in the Bible not to go beyond what's
written. 2 John 9, some transgressed by going beyond the teaching of
Christ. We're not to add to, nor take away, Revelation 22:18-19. And friend,
to those who didn't follow what God said- there was always a horrible
tragedy in scripture. Think about King Saul. He rebelled against God. He
did not obey God's commands. God removed him as king. Not just in the
principle are there certain requirements, but in practice as well, there are
certain requirements. Let me illustrate. Jesus took bread, and He broke it.
He gave thanks in Matthew 26, and each of them partook that, in
remembrance of his body, which was given for them. Is there something we
need to do as it relates to the Lord's Supper? Sure.
As I take the bread, I need to think about the body of Jesus that was
shed on the cross for me. Jesus took the cup, the fruit of the vine, and He
gave it to each of them. They divided among themselves. They each drank
of the contents, the fruit of the vine. Jesus said, “This is my blood of the
new covenant, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.” When I partake
of the fruit of the vine, I need to remember the blood of Jesus that was
shed, and so in practice, there are definite requirements. There needs to be
the unleavened bread, and there needs to be fruit of the vine. Those are
the contents of it. In doing that, we need to remember how Jesus gave up
His life for us. Think about what Jesus suffered. He was beaten. He was
spit upon, and he was mocked. He was beat with whips. The crown of
thorns was placed on His head. His hands and feet were nailed to a cruel
cross. A sword pierced His side, and His body suffered for me. I need to
think about His blood, which flowed down from Calvary. I need to think
about that blood that saves man's soul, the sacrifice, how we contact that,
and the sacrifice that Jesus made for each and every one of us.
When you think about the Lord's Supper, there are some definite
requirements that we must meet and partake in, to really give God the glory
and the honor.
I want you to notice, there's a sense of regularity to the Lord's Supper
as well. Notice 1 Corinthians 11:26, Paul says, “For as often as you eat this
bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death 'til he comes.” How
often did they, in the New Testament, in the first century, how often did
Christians partake of the Lord's Supper?
Well, here's what we find in our world today. We'll find some in our
world today who might take it on Christmas and Easter, or who do it once a
year, monthly, or some who do it quarterly. How often did Christians in the
New Testament partake of the Lord's Supper? The Bible says in Acts 20:7,
“The disciples came together on the first day of the week to break bread.”
What was the oftenness? 1 Corinthians 11:26, “As often as you eat.” How
often did New Testament Christians partake of the Lord's Supper? They
came together on ‘the first day of the week.’ Friend, there's no specific
week in mind. Every week has a first day, and thus you see the regularity.
Every first day of the week.
Let me illustrate it to you this way. Remember Acts 20:7, the purpose
for the coming together was to break bread. How often did they come
together? 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, they were commanded when they came
together, to give, every first day of the week. They were meeting every first
day of the week. The purpose for that meeting, along with other items as
well, one of those was to break bread. If they're meeting every first day of
the week, part of the purpose of that is to break bread. We ought to do as
they did in the New Testament, take of the Lord's Supper on the first day of
the week. Every week has a first day- no specific week in mind.
Let me give you an illustration. It comes from the Old Testament, but
it helps us to understand it. Exodus 20:8, God said to Israel, “Remember
the Sabbath. Keep it holy.” Now what was the Sabbath? The Sabbath was
Saturday. When God said, “Remember the Sabbath,” what did that mean?
Did it mean one Saturday a year? Did it mean Passover Saturday? Did it
mean two Saturdays? Was it quarterly? The Jews interpreted that correctly,
by remembering every Sabbath that rolled around. The Bible says, “On the
first day of the week, Christians came together.” Christians today ought to
remember the Lord's Supper every first day of the week, when we gather
together as God's people, on the first day of the week to worship and honor
Him as we're commanded. We ought to with regularity remember the Lord's
What exactly am I to remember as I worship God in partaking the
Lord's Supper? Notice 1 Corinthians 11:24-26, the Bible says, Paul
speaking, “And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘Take eat,
this is my body, which is broken for you, do this in remembrance of me.’ In
the same manner, he also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘this cup is the
new covenant in my blood, this do as often as you drink it in remembrance
of me.’” How are we to remember the Lord's Supper? Jesus said, ‘When
you take this bread, remember my body, which was broken for you.’ Think
about all that Jesus suffered, how they beat him, how they slapped him,
and how they placed that crown of thorns on his head. The Lord's Supper
is a time to reflect. It's a time to remember what the Lord did for you and
how much he gave up for you. Remember how much physical pain,
torment, and anguish He had to go through.
It's a time to reflect on His sacrifice. The blood of Jesus, from the
moment they first began to inflict pain on Him, to when they brought that
whip across His back, to when those thorns embedded into His brow, to
when the nails went through His hands and His feet, the side He was
pierced as the sword pierced Jesus' side, and the blood that flowed. The
blood represents the sacrifice of Jesus. During the Lord's Supper, I have an
opportunity to remember, to be motivated by how much Jesus suffered for
me, how great His sacrifice is, and what an awesome privilege to
remember that, and to remind myself just how important that is to my
As we mentioned, it's also a time for inner reflection. The Lord's
Supper ought to cause me to look inwardly to my own life, and make sure
that I'm living the way God wants me to. Notice in your Bible, 1 Corinthians
11:27-29, the scripture says, “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks
this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and
the 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.” I want to reflect on the manner. Why am I doing this? Why am I
partaking the Lord's Supper? Am I doing it so everybody can see me? Am I
doing it to get my ticket punched? Am I doing it to get my bread and grape
juice cocktail? What's the reason that I'm doing that? Am I doing it to really
honor God? I want to reflect on myself, I want to make sure my life is like it
needs to be.
Now friend, please understand, we all realize that we sin, that we fall
short, that we do things that we shouldn't, but I want to make sure that I'm
trying to walk in the light, that I ask God for forgiveness, that my heart's
where it needs to be, that I know I'm not perfect, but I'm trying to do my
best to serve God. The Bible says it in another way. In 2 Corinthians 13:5,
“Examine yourself, test yourself, and examine yourself to see whether
you're in the faith.”
Then of course, I want to reflect on all that the Lord Jesus Christ has
done for me, and how much He's given up so that I could have the hope of
eternal life. So the next time you think about the Lord's Supper, and as we
think about worshiping God this way- remember, this is something Jesus
instituted. It's something that New Testament Christians did every week.
There's a certain way that we ought to do that, in reflection of what Jesus
did, looking to ourselves, trying to live right, and trying to bring God the
glory and honor in everything that we say and do.
Now in this lesson also, we want to focus on another aspect, another
way that we can bring honor and glory to God, and sometimes in a
corporate way as well, is through our giving to God.
Now let me preface it by saying this, friend, we're not asking you
today, for money, that's not our purpose, this is not a session where we're
going to beg you for money. We're not going to say, ‘send in a love
offering.’ That's not what this is about. When we talk about giving as an act
of worship, we're talking about the individual Christian giving to the local
congregation that he or she is at, to honor and to reach the lost, and to
honor and to worship God, and that's something that the Bible teaches that
Christians ought to do, to bring honor and glory to God.
We're to give as we've purposed in our heart. Think about some
passages today that teach us on the subject of giving. God doesn't want
the leftovers. God wants me to give the best that I have. Giving is
something that every Christian ought to do every first day of the week. Now
we're not talking about in the amount. No one should ever come over and
ask you how much you're giving. Your giving is between you and God.
There are some guidelines for that. What are those guidelines?
I want you to see what the scripture says about my giving, and about
yours. What does God command? 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, we see that we
ought to give every week, and we see how much we ought to give. Not a
dollar amount, but there's guidelines there. Look in 1 Corinthians 16:1-2.
The Bible says, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I've given
orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also. On the first day,”
New American Standard, English Standard versions, others will say, “On
the first day of every week, let each one of you lay something aside, storing
up as it may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.” You see,
God's promised that He's going to take care of me and you. “Seek first the
kingdom of God,” and God says, “all these things will be added unto you.”
With the excess and the abundance, as I've prospered Friend, I need to
factor God into the equation as well. Give as we've been prospered. As
God has blessed my life, and as God has blessed your life, I ought to give
back to the work of saving souls, and to bring honor and glory to God
through the local congregation.
We also see how often New Testament Christians were giving. There
was a collection for the needy saints. We read about that in the book of
Acts, and we read about that in Romans. They were going to send money
to help them with that effort, and so Paul says to the church in Corinth, as
I've been giving order to the churches in Galatia, so you must do also.
What do you mean? ‘On the first day of every week that each would lay
something aside to help these Christians.’ They were to give on the first
day of the week. When we look at their example, we see how the church
gave in the first century. What a great example for us today, Christians give
on the first day of the week to honor God and to help the Lord's church
spread the gospel around the world.
Now let’s move to the book of 2 Corinthians, and I want you to notice
some other passages that teach us about giving. 2 Corinthians 9:6 Paul
says, “But this I say, he who sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly, he
who sows bountifully, will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he
purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a
cheerful giver.” When I purpose in my heart, I purpose based on what the
scriptures teach, but I also look at what I have, what I need to survive, the
abundance and excess that God's give me, and I make a plan and a
purpose. Giving is not: ‘Okay, what change do I have in my pocket, how
many dollar bills do I have left in my wallet, what do I have today, that I
might could out of the leftovers give to God?’ That's not the idea. There's
purpose. There's intent and planning to giving. As I've been prospered, I
purpose. I make a decision out of what God's blessed me with, when I look
at my budget and my finances, when I look at what God has given to me,
and how much of an excess I have, out of that- I purpose and make a
decision, an intent to give to God regularly out of that on the first day of the
week. There's intent in our purpose and in our giving. ‘God loves a cheerful
giver.’ I'm not doing it grudgingly. I’m not thinking, ‘Well here comes the
plate, I better give something. If I don't give I'm going to go to hell today.’
No, I'm doing it because I want to.
Why do I want to? Well friend, I contemplate, and I think about, and
you do as well, how much God's given you. Just stop and think about it for
a moment. How much has God blessed you with? Your family, your job, all
your sins have been washed away, if you've obeyed the gospel, you have
every spiritual blessing in Christ, your name is reserved on heaven's divine
roll, you have the ability to overcome and defeat Satan, you can defeat any
temptation the Devil may throw your way, you've been given the word of
God, you have a Christian family, and the list could go on and on. Look at
how much God has blessed me and you. When I think about that, God
doesn't have to force me, and I don't do it because if I don't, I'm going to go
to hell- I can cheerfully give. I can, as it were, rejoice to give to God, and
really that's the motivation for giving. We give because our God has given
so much to us.
Remember James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift comes from
above, from the Father of lights, with whom there is no shadow or variation
of turning.” I'm motivated by how giving of a God we serve. I'm motivated
by the willingness of Jesus to give himself as a sacrifice. You know the
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He
became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich.” Look at
how much God's given us. Look at how much Jesus gave up, and look at
how much God has done to take care of each and every one of us. ‘If I
seek first the kingdom,’ God says, ‘all these things will be added unto you.’
And so when we think about the purpose behind giving, and the
nature of it, we think about that it's a regular action that Christians should
indeed participate in, but we also realize that our attitude needs to be right
when we give to God. The Bible says this, in Proverbs 23:7, the scripture
says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” You're not what you eat, but
you are what you think. What I think, that's what I become. I need to have
the right thought, and the right attitude. I need to have the attitude of
thankfulness. How thankful that I am to God for everything He's done for
me! Then I need to realize there's so much more to be gained in giving,
than there is in receiving. That's so backward from the way many think
today. We think that gaining is by getting, and receiving, and somebody
giving us something. That's not true. There's so much more to be gained by
giving than receiving. How do we know that? That's what Jesus said. Open
your Bible or notice with me, in Acts chapter 20. I want you to look at the
words of Jesus that Paul recounts in Acts 20:35. Paul says, “I've shown
you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak.”
Now notice, “And remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He said, ‘It's
more blessed to give than it is to receive.’”
When we give to God, and give to the work of the church, what are
we really giving to? We're giving to help saved lost souls; we're giving to do
good in our communities. We're giving so that the local congregation can
spread the gospel and open doors for evangelism. What greater cause
could you give to in all the world, than the saving of lost souls?
Again, please understand, we're talking about a Christian giving to
the local congregation that he attends. We're not begging you for money,
that's not the idea. We're talking about worshiping God this way.
I want you to just stop and think today. Think in your own life how
much you've been blessed. Very likely the case, that God has blessed you
beyond measure. A family loves you dearly, a home, roof over your head,
and very likely you live in a country that is richer than most countries in all
the world. You probably have a car to drive and a job to go to. We have
spiritual blessings beyond measure. The grace of God is available for all.
Salvation is available. Every spiritual blessing can be found in Christ Jesus.
Christians have the privilege of getting down on their hands and knees and
praying, ‘Father who art in heaven.’ We have brothers and sisters in Christ
who will encourage us. We have the Bible, God's divine message, which is
a perfect guide, that'll get us to heaven. When you stop and think about
everything that God has given us, friend that ought to motivate us to be a
We want you to know, more than anything; God gave His son so that
we could have the hope of eternal life. Friend, we ask you today, do you
believe in Jesus as the son of God? John 8:24. Would you be willing to turn
from sin, and turn to God, and repent? Luke 13:3. Would you confess the
name of Jesus before men? Romans 10:10. And would you do what Jesus
said? Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a man is born of water
and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Would you be
immersed in water to be saved?
If you've never obeyed the gospel, we encourage you to do that
May each of us, based on these ideas, worship God in spirit and in
Study Questions for:
“Worship Series: Lesson 2”
1. According to Matthew 26:26-28, what is done in remembrance?
2. According to Acts 20:7, when did they come together?
3. What does 1 Corinthians 11:20-22 say about the Lord’s Supper?
4. According to John 4:24, how should we worship Him?
5. According to 1Corinthians 11:23-25, what does the bread/cup represent?
6. When should the Lord’s Supper be taken according to Acts 20:7?
7. According to 1 Corinthians 11:26, how often should the Lord’s Supper be
8. According to 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, what should our reflection be during
the Lord’s Supper?
9. What does 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 tell us about giving?
10. What does 2 Corinthians 9:6 say about giving and the results?