Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: September
The Lord's Supper, A Sacred Observance
As always, our prayer is that this monthly message is finding each of you well and thanking the Lord Jesus for the gift of every day. The day we presently live has never been lived before. We don’t know who we may bump into. We don’t know what event may happen before we lay down to sleep. We don’t know everywhere that our travels may lead. We don’t know what today holds, but I know Who holds today. Jesus has sent to His people His Holy Spirit, and if we trust Him with our souls, then we can trust the Holy Ghost with the daily mysteries of life.
Currently, I have been preaching a 5-sermon series on church revitalization and the need for us to honestly look at the ministries of our church, their effectiveness and our own willingness to roll up our sleeves and make a vision become reality.
So far, I have preached on how memories are a good thing if they don’t hold us back from needed change. I also preached on reality and how a vision is only talk if all we do is talk about it. On Labor Day weekend my topic will be repentance.
I made a statement when I was preaching on memories from Ezra 3 that I really thought that I would hear about but never did. That statement was something like this, “Israel wept over the size of the smaller Temple foundation instead of the sin that brought them there.”
It’s easy for us to reduce sin in both size and scope so that we make it more ‘palatable’ if you will. If we look at the world around us, it is easy to see and say that sin doesn’t bother us as much as it once did. Alcoholism is a disease. Gender selection is my choice. Homosexuality is legal. Anarchy rules the home. Civil authority and societal expectations can be disobeyed.
When these things dull the senses at home, they soon dull the senses at church. You may be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with the month of September?” This year, September has 5 Sundays, so we will be having the Lord’s Supper on the morning of the 30th.
Paul speaks to us about the honesty of our sin and the consequences of personal sin if we don’t deal with it before we partake of this sacred observance. He writes, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” Examine yourself. Be honest. Be ready to confess and repent. The Lord’s Supper was never intended for us to observe while ‘going through the motions’. It is a time of honest reflection of where we are spiritually in our walk with Christ. So, reflect. Are we walking with Him, or away from Him?
God bless as you continue your walk in Christ and walk worthy of your calling. See y’all in church.
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell