Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sermon for Sunday October 29 2017



2017.10.29                     Romans and Ephesians
          The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
             Practical Theology and the Five Solas
Good Morning…. I am glad to be with you this morning… I have Good News for You! His name is Jesus… We are on a great adventure… We are Experiencing the Life and ministry of Jesus as we study the Word of God…
Jesus continues to Transform hearts and minds… by the Power of His Holy Spirit working in and through the Word of God…
We are going to hit pause in our teaching through the Gospel of John… This morning we are going to Celebrate the life and ministry of Martin Luther… It is the 500th Anniversary of the day that Martin Luther put his famous 95 theses on the church door in Wittenburg Germany…
Martin Luther loved the Word of God… He understood the life changing… Transforming Power of the Gospel…
It is the transforming power of the Word of God is the real reason that we are Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation…
Luther was certain that The Word of God can and will transform the hearts and lives of all people… Just as it had transformed him… Luther spent his life trying to be good… He was dedicated to being the best monk that ever lived… He fasted and beat himself bloody in his attempt to drive sin out of his heart and mind… Even after He became a monk and a priest… He had never studied the Bible itself… He did not know that it was possible to study all four of the Gospels… He was filled with doubts and was uncertain of his salvation… The head monk recognized his need and his genius… Brother Von Staupitz told him that he must study the Bible and teach… He had already studied law… Brother Von Staupitz sent Luther back to University to become a professor of Bible... He told him that he would never find peace until he studied and taught the bible… In 1507 Luther was ordained as a priest in Erfurt…  And he started studying Theology at the University of Erfurt… He came into contact with the ideas of the Humanists… They taught that everything must be questioned…. They insisted that they must go back to the original materials where ever possible… To the sources! Was their cry…   
For Luther this meant the study of the Bible in its original Hebrew and Greek... One famous humanist had recently translated the Greek New testament… This became Luther´s passion… He mastered greek and Hebrew… He studied night and day this new and wonderful material…

He received his Doctorate in Theology in 1512… Luther immediately took a position as Theology Professor at the Wittenberg University…
He taught the Psalms for two years… 1514-15… Then he taught Romans… Galatians and the Hebrews… 1516-18…
He classes were filled with thrilled Students… They were amazed at the clear teaching of the Word of God… They wrote down almost every word that came out of his mouth because they had never heard such wonderful teaching… Luther was a Calvary type preacher… He taught the Bible verse by verse… But he did something different at the same time… He translated every verse from the Greek as he prepared to teach… That fresh clear translation and explanation of the text… Was alive to him and his students… And Luther immersed himself in the Word… He memorized the Psalms and Romans and… Well basically almost all of the NT and much of the OT as well… The Word of God did it´s work on him…
Luther himself found himself transformed and born again by the Holy Spirit…  The Holy Spirit working in and through the Word of God… He said that he finally understood Salvation and God´s Grace as he studied Romans… He said that the Good News he found in Romans 1 was the light that burst into his life…. Look with me at it… Romans 1… v16,17
Romans 1: 16,17                      NLT   Neues Leben
16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.
In v17… Paul quotes Hab 2:4… The just shall live by faith! This is the GOOD News…
Luther said that every Christian needs to study and memorize the Book of Romans…. Because it is the purest and clearest explanation of the Good news of the Gospel…  Luther tried with all of his ability to please God and win his Salvation… He could not…. He even went so far as to say that he was the best monk who ever lived… Yet it was worthless and pointless…
Like Luther…. We cannot earn our Salvation… The law shows us our sin and hopelessness… Romans 3:20 and Romans ch7… The Good News is that we have been redeemed by the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ…  Paul wrote to the Ephesians… We are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ… Eph 2: 8,9…
Through the writings of Martin Luther… The Word of God Became Clear and understandable to an entire generation… He and the other reformers… Began a Reformation that shook the World… It all started with gathering and translation of the Greek New Testament… The Word of God was once again shining brightly…  
I would like for us to examine Luther´s teachings by looking at His famous five sola statements….
Sola Scriptura: The Scripture Alone is the Standard
The foundation of the Reformation... Is the Great truth that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority for life and practice… What we do and how we live…  All of the  Solas are rooted and grounded in this book…
In 1521 Luther was called to the Diet of Worms… He was commanded to renounce all that He had written… He refused… Even though He believed it would cost him his life… He expected to be tortured and ultimately die for standing against the Pope…
He declared his conscience to be captive to the Word of God… He said…
I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one's conscience is neither safe nor sound. Here I stand. I see no other way. God help me. Amen.”
“Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders.”
Luther was determined to stay faithful to the Word of God… He knew it´s life transforming power… Paul did too… look with me at 2 Tim. 3:14-17
2 Timothy 3: 14-17                        NLT  Neues Leben
14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
We have often talked about these verses…. Luther applied them every day to his own very dangerous circumstances… Luther said that he wanted every disciple to be a true Theologian…. Using the Word of God as a mirror to show us our hearts.. To Correct us… And to equip us to do the work of the Ministry…  let´s look at the next Sola…
Soli Deo Gloria! For the Glory of God Alone
Our lives are to be lived for the Glory of God… The Bible teaches this over and over… Luther wrote Catechisms to teach believers… He was determined to teach and disciple the people… Even if they could not read….  They would learn the Catechism´s Q and A´s by heart… These contain solid Biblical Theology… Essential  truths for every believer…
A Catechism asks questions… Then the answer follows… Here is an example from the Westminster Shorter Catechism…  "What is the chief end of man? Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever."
To Glorify and enjoy God forever… This great purpose was emphasized by Luther… He sought to reform the church according to the Word of God...  The reformers understood that all of life is to be lived under the Lordship of Christ... Every activity of the Christian is to be dedicated to the glory of God… Look with me at 1Peter 4: 11…
1 Peter 4: 10,11                   NLT Neues Leben
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
When we look at Jesus we see the perfect reflection of our Heavenly Father… Jesus has redeemed us with His own Precious sacrifice… He is our Savior… Amen… Let´s look at the next Sola…
Solus Christos! By Christ's Work Alone are We Saved
Luther and the other reformers called the church back to faith in Christ…  It is clear in the scriptures that Jesus is  the Sole Mediator between God and man...   He is our Savoir and Redeemer… We do not look to saints or Mary or to the church… We look to Christ alone…
As the Scripture says,
1 Timothy 2: 5,6                      NKJV  slt 2000
5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
5 Denn es ist ein Gott und ein Mittler zwischen Gott und den Menschen, der Mensch Christus Jesus, 6 der sich selbst als Lösegeld für alle gegeben hat. [Das ist] das Zeugnis zur rechten Zeit,
One God and one Mediator between man and God… Look at Col 1…v13,14…
Colossians 1: 13,14                     NLT   Neues Leben  
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  
In Jesus Christ alone…  We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins…  That fact that Jesus died in our place… That  He died to redeem us… That is the perfect picture of the unfailing love and Grace of God… let´s look at the next Sola…
Sola Gratia:  Our Salvation is by Grace Alone
Martin Luther experienced God´s grace as he studied the Word of God…He finally understood God´s gracious plan of redemption…  He discovered that our righteous standing before God…. It not something that we can earn…  It  is given to us by grace… As we repent of our sins… And trust in the redeeming work of Christ Jesus our Lord… He saw this clearly in Romans and Galatians and Ephesians…  Look with me at Ephesians ch1… v 3-8…
Ephesians 1: 3-6           NLT  Neues Leben
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  
When Jesus redeemed us… He brought Great Glory for Himself and for the Father… God Delights to show mercy… To Pour out His grace on us… Let´s also look at Eph Ch 2… v1-10…
Ephesians 2: 1-10                         NKJV    slt 2000
1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Here we see the big picture…. The awesome plan of redemption unfolding… v1… we were dead in sin… Hopelessly lost… v4… But God… He revealed His plan of redemption…. He gave us life through His son…
 v8… God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. We are saved by Grace through faith… It is all grace…
This text leads us wonderfully to our Final Sola… Because it clearly shows the connection between Grace and faith…
Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone
The Central Principle of the Reformation is Justification by Faith alone… Faith which works… works by love… Galatians 5:6….
Look with me at Gal 3… v6-11…  
Galatians 3: 6          NLT   Neues Leben                       
6 In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Paul is quoting Genesis 15:6…. And pointing to Habakuk as well… The Just shall live by faith…  Martin Luther often talked about the difference between The Law and The Gospel… It is a subject on which he still has important things to say to the entire church… The distinction between The law and The Good News of the Gospel is a very practical matter… It is about knowing and loving God… and living in this world as genuine believers…  He  was determined to truly disciple the people… He said that He wanted the Word of God to be 1 Available to them in their language 2 Afforadble enough to be in their hands… 3 Hidden deep In their hearts… Just a David so often prayed in the Psalms… So that they understand the Christian life… He said living in the world with it´s trials and temptations… And at the same time walking in the grace of Salvation…. Is like walking between Heaven and Earth… We are not yet in Heaven… But we no longer belong to this world… Our eyes are fixed on our certain Redemption… It affects everything we do on this earth…. That is True practical theology… And that is all Grace…  Five Solas…

Amen… Let´s pray…
This morning we are going to celebrate Communion together… God´s people have been doing this for almost 2000 years… Since the night that Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples for the last time… Why do we celebrate His death and resurrection like this? It reminds us of Jesus´ promises to us… He will come again…. Then we will be with Him forever…
The Promise of Communion with Him Forever is sealed by the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ
Promise of Communion
1 Our sorrow is turned into Joy…
2 He is finishing the work that He has begun in us…
3 The Lord will come again and take to Himself Forever…

Communion
Danger caution!!!! We want to once again welcome all of our guests and visitors this morning…. We are very glad that you are here…. We are going to celebrate communion this morning as a church family…. If you have given your heart to Jesus… And if you are willing to let the Lord Jesus search your heart…. And willing to  Confess any sin that is in your life…. You are welcome to participate with us…. In 1 Corinthians… Paul exhorts us….
Examine your hearts… That is what we need to do this morning as we prepare to take communion together… The worship team will come forward and as they lead us to the throne of grace…. Let´s examine our  hearts…. The elements will be passed out…. Please hold them and we will take communion together when I come back up here… Song….
Communion is a picture of the fact that we are all in Christ….  Every time we take communion… we take into our hands  a reminder that we have been redeemed…. And that we belong to each other…. We are members of another… Jesus has saved us and made us one family in Him…  
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26                                 NLT
23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26            Neues Leben
23 Das Folgende hat der Herr selbst gesagt, und ich gebe es euch so weiter, wie ich es empfangen habe: In der Nacht, als er verraten wurde, nahm Jesus, der Herr, einen Laib Brot,
24 und nachdem er Dank gesagt hatte, brach er ihn und sprach: »Das ist mein Leib, der für euch hingegeben wird. Tut das zur Erinnerung an mich.«
25 Ebenso nahm er nach dem Abendmahl den Weinkelch und sprach: »Dieser Kelch ist der neue Bund zwischen Gott und euch, besiegelt durch mein Blut. Wann immer ihr daraus trinkt, tut es zur Erinnerung an mich.«
26 Denn jedes Mal, wenn ihr dieses Brot esst und aus diesem Kelch trinkt, verkündet ihr den Tod des Herrn, bis er wiederkommt.

Let´s pray…

Sunday, September 24, 2017



2017.09.24                                           John 16: 16-22
             Your Joy will no one take away
Good Morning…. I am glad to be with you this morning… I have Good News for You! His name is Jesus… We are on a great adventure… We are Experiencing the Life and ministry of the Lord Jesus… Jesus continues to Transform hearts and minds… by the Power of His Holy Spirit working in and through the Word of God… We are studying a very important section of the Word of God… The last two sermons in John 16… Have been about the Ministry of the Holy Spirit… The disciples are freaking out… Jesus has said that He is going to die… He is comforting them and preparing them…  
God is the God of all comfort… 2 Cor 1: 3-5…
Just like the Father… It is Jesus desire and purpose to comfort His own…  And when He told the disciples that  He was going… He promised to send the Holy Spirit who is the Comforter…  God is the God of all comfort… Now in the church age…. the Holy Spirit is The Comforter…. and The Lord Jesus Christ is our sympathetic, compassionate High Priest… Sometimes we see this clearly in the Gospel record… Like when we study the life of Christ here in John…  That is the case in our text this morning…  starting in John 16:16… We see our sympathetic… compassionate High Priest… Jesus… He is the One who carries our burdens and our understands our weaknesses… He is the One who comforts us…  He gives us His peace… And He Himself… Becomes our joy and rejoicing…
It is His passionate desire to replace our fear and sorrow with His comfort and joy… The Lord Jesus seeks the comfort and joy of His people That is what flows out of this wonderful section… The disciples are suffering… And so He is offering them the ultimate Hope…
The Hope of the Resurrection…  We all need hope… Feelings of Hopelessness add greatly to any time of suffering… And we all suffer sometimes... We all experience disappointment and sorrow…
Often life is just not turning out like we hoped… Well the disciples could hardly imagine a more desperate time...
After 3 plus years of following Jesus…. He says that He is going and they cannot follow… They are as close to hopelessness as one could be… Everything they hoped for and believed is hanging in the balance…
They are struggling to comprehend it all… As they see only loss and sorrow…. Jesus continues to comfort them and offer them Hope… Let´s read our text for this morning…
John 16: 16-22                         NKJV    slt 2000
16 “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.” 17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” 18 They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.”

19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
v16,17… A little while, and you will not see Me… It was finally sinking in that Jesus was going to die soon…. But the disciples still didn’t quite understand that the arrest of Jesus was only an hour or two away… and then the very next day… He will be crucified… Yet because He  goes to the Father… they will see Him again…  He will rise from the dead… This was a puzzle for them… Death is to permanent for them to really understand…
They were filled with sorrow to hear Jesus talk about his death… They could not stand the thought of being left alone…. That is exactly why Jesus is spending so much of this last night comforting and encouraging them… And That is why He promised the Holy Spirit
He knew that  between His death on the cross… And His miraculous resurrection… The disciples world would fall apart… Their faith would be shaken to the core…. I am sure that they said to themselves… Maybe it was all an illusion… When they could no longer see him with their eyes… Their spiritual vision was temporarily blinded… They were so used to walking and talking with Jesus… They spent three years watching Jesus… Now He says that he is going away…
Naturally their hearts are filled with sorrow…  
Today… There is special and profound blessing for those of us who see Jesus with our ears… We see Jesus with the eyes of faith… Jesus comes alive as we study this Book… One of the disciples… Thomas said after the resurrection… That he would not believe unless he saw Jesus like the other disciples…. Look with me at what Jesus said to him… John 20… v… 29…
John 20: 29                           NKJV   slt 2000
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Even though we have never seen Jesus with our eyes… We have seen Jesus with our ears as we have heard the Good News of the Gospel proclaimed… And as we study the Word of God… The Holy Spirit uses it to persuade us of our sin and pride… To bring us to repentance and to transform our hearts and minds… 2 Tim 3:15-17…
Back to John 16… v18…
v18… They said therefore… We do not know what He is saying…  [they said] (elegon)… Can be translated… `They kept asking` They were asking each other… Whatttt? What does he mean… I don´t get it…  scroll down to v19…
 v19… Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him… They were embarrassed to ask again… What do you mean? Now we see you and now we don´t… Is this hide and seek? We don´t get it… Jesus words did not fit with their belief that He would now take the Kingdom from the Romans… Instead they faced a crisis of unbelief…
Jesus understood that they needed their hearts and minds prepared to endure the coming crisis… He has been preparing them for the shattering reality of His death on the cross…
v20… You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy…  Jesus knew they would be plunged into deep and dark sorrow in the next few hours...
Filled with Sorrow
1 Sorrow at the loss of relationship
2 Sorrow at the humiliation of their Master and Messiah
3 Sorrow at the seeming victory of His enemies
4 Sorrow because all they hoped for was taken away
They will see the cross as failure and tragedy… But The cross was not a tragedy… It was not an obstacle to overcome… It was God´s plan of redemption from the beginning… That Jesus would suffer in our place… That He would pay for our sins… And He then give us His Righteousness… His right standing with God… He knew that their deep sorrow would be transformed… 
He knew that God would… Because of His grace and unfailing love… turn their deep sorrow into wonderful joy... He knew that He would rise from the dead in victory…
God’s plan was not to give joy instead of sorrow… God does not prevent pain and sorrow in the lives of Believers… That is not what the Bible teaches…  But to heal and transform their real sorrow… into a deep and lasting JOY… Joy that no one can take away…. Because it is deep… And rooted in God´s wonderful Redeemer…    
He often does this in our lives… Childbirth is a great example…  The sorrow of watching Jesus suffer and die…. Will be directly connected to their coming joy in the Resurrection… Just like the sorrow of a woman in childbirth… Is directly connected to her joy that her child has been born… That is the example that Jesus uses here… Moms I know that you can relate scroll down to v21and 22…
v21… A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world…
What a perfect picture of pain and sorrow turning to joy in an instant… What heavenly joy floods the heart of a mother at the birth of her child… now comes Jesus´ promise… v22…
v22a… I will see you again and your heart will rejoice… When we really see Jesus for who He is…. Our hearts do rejoice…. Our hearts leap for Joy at knowing that our sins are forgiven… Jesus is promising His resurrection in this verse… He is telling them that their sorrow is only temporary… That is always true for genuine believers… When it is all said and done…
Victory is certain… And our redemption is guaranteed and sealed by Jesus Himself… The presence of the Holy Spirit in us is like a certificate of authenticity… Proof that we are genuine believers… His work in our hearts means that Jesus has begun the process of transforming us…. And He promised to finish what he has begun in us…. Phil 1: 6…
The terrible temporary pain of their loss is nothing when compared to their joy-filled testimony after the resurrection... It was testimony so sure that they shook the world… And most of them endured death for Jesus sake…  
v22b…  Your joy no one will take from you…
 Here is a wonderful verse to begin and end our study this morning… God is Sovereign…
Since God is sovereign… He guarantees the final triumph of our joy… In the text from the Gospel of John that was read at the beginning… Jesus said to the disciples who were about to lose Him in death… And then get him back at His Resurrection… v22…
22…  you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you…
No one will ever take your joy away… The Joy that Jesus gave us at the Resurrection is invincible… His joy is Eternal… When we have God as our exceeding Great joy… He will see us through every disaster in our lives… As I said… Jesus has promised to continue the work that he has begun in us… He cannot fail… to redeem us and take us to Himself forever…  Amen
This morning we are going to celebrate Communion together… God´s people have been doing this for almost 2000 years… Since the night that Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples for the last time… Why do we celebrate His death and resurrection like this? It reminds us of Jesus´ promises to us… He will come again…. Then we will be with Him forever…
The Promise of Communion with Him Forever is sealed by the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ
Promise of Communion
1 Our sorrow is turned into Joy…
2 He is finishing the work that He has begun in us…
3 The Lord will come again and take to Himself Forever…

Communion
Danger caution!!!! We want to once again welcome all of our guests and visitors this morning…. We are very glad that you are here…. We are going to celebrate communion this morning as a church family…. If you have given your heart to Jesus… And if you are willing to let the Lord Jesus search your heart…. And willing to  Confess any sin that is in your life…. You are welcome to participate with us…. In 1 Corinthians… Paul exhorts us….
Examine your hearts… That is what we need to do this morning as we prepare to take communion together… The worship team will come forward and as they lead us to the throne of grace…. Let´s examine our  hearts…. The elements will be passed out…. Please hold them and we will take communion together when I come back up here… Song….
Communion is a picture of the fact that we are all in Christ….  Every time we take communion… we take into our hands  a reminder that we have been redeemed…. And that we belong to each other…. We are members of another… Jesus has saved us and made us one family in Him…  
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26                                 NLT
23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26            Neues Leben
23 Das Folgende hat der Herr selbst gesagt, und ich gebe es euch so weiter, wie ich es empfangen habe: In der Nacht, als er verraten wurde, nahm Jesus, der Herr, einen Laib Brot,
24 und nachdem er Dank gesagt hatte, brach er ihn und sprach: »Das ist mein Leib, der für euch hingegeben wird. Tut das zur Erinnerung an mich.«
25 Ebenso nahm er nach dem Abendmahl den Weinkelch und sprach: »Dieser Kelch ist der neue Bund zwischen Gott und euch, besiegelt durch mein Blut. Wann immer ihr daraus trinkt, tut es zur Erinnerung an mich.«
26 Denn jedes Mal, wenn ihr dieses Brot esst und aus diesem Kelch trinkt, verkündet ihr den Tod des Herrn, bis er wiederkommt.

Let´s pray…