Communion Exhortation - 3/9/08

Text: Colossians 3:5-11

Discern the body.
Discern your spiritual frame and the body of sin within you. Are you striving to put sin to death? Does it feel like sin is winning 90% of the time, and you can’t stand it? Then come receive strength for the fight. Christ is all in all. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

But if you have given up the fight and are just going through motions here, then stop and do not take this Supper. Going through worship motions with your heart reveling in sin, is worse than staying away. But God commands you to repent of sin and pick up your sword again. Do that now, and tell your family and your church elder about it if you do.

Discern the body. Are you causing discord with your tongue among the body? Repent, and love the brethren.

Discern the Body. Christ’s body. About 12 hours after He held the bread and cup, His body, which became a sacrifice for sin, was put to death on the cross. He won the victory over the sin you are fighting today. Take confidence and renewed strength in that victory here. Let these tokens intensify your longing for Christ to return and finish off sin and death forever. We proclaim the Lord’s death here, until He comes.

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