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Corporate Communion

CORPORATE COMMUNION

Memory Verse: Acts 20:7

Life Application: The early church came together for times of corporate communion.

Bible Text

Acts 20:7

Matthew 7:21-23

Acts 2:42

Acts 20:7

Joel 1:9-13

I Corinthians 11:27

I Corinthians 11:17-22

I Corinthians 11:31-34

Hebrews 9:24-26

Hebrews 10:19-20

Revelation 2:4-5

 

 

Communion is a special time of spiritual intimacy with God. God desires to know you (to have intimacy with you.) It is truly the most intimate time that you have with God (even when receiving it in a crowd.)

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “

God desires to know (have spiritual intimacy) us corporately as well as individually. The early church had fellowship (communion) with God. They were spiritually intimate with Him.

Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 20:7 NKJV

“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”

They reaped the benefits of corporate communion. There was an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls.

Joel 1:9-13 NKJV

“The grain offering and the drink offering

Have been cut off from the house of the Lord;

The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord.

The field is wasted,

The land mourns;

For the grain is ruined,

The new wine is dried up,

The oil fails.

Be ashamed, you farmers,

Wail, you vinedressers,

For the wheat and the barley;

Because the harvest of the field has perished.

The vine has dried up,

And the fig tree has withered;

The pomegranate tree,

The palm tree also;

And the apple tree-

all the trees of the field are withered;

Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.

Gird yourself and lament, you priests;

Wail, you who minister before the alter;

Come, lie all night in sackcloth,

You who minister to my God;

For the grain offering and the drink offering

Are withheld from the house of your God.”

When communion (meat and drink offering) is cut off from the people you will find the people (and church) are barren spiritually. When communion is cut off, the manifest presence of God (glory of the Lord) and the anointing is cut off.

Churches where the meat and drink offering (communion) have been cut off are barren. The field is wasted, the land mourns, the corn is wasted, the new wine is dried up (no fresh moves of the Holy Spirit), the oil languishes (no anointing of God), and the harvest of the field is perished (you can not have a harvest where there is not the presence of God.)

I Corinthians 11:27 NKJV

“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

Paul wrote to the church (to believers) at Corinth about the manner in which they took communion. He warned them (the believers) not to take communion in an unworthy manner.

I Corinthians 11:17-22 NKJV

“Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.

For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

For there must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.

Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.

For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.

What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.”

The church at Corinth was drinking the communion wine to get drunk and they were eating the bread for food. Paul instructed them to examine (judge) the manner in which they took communion. Where they taking it (as a church / corporately) to remember Jesus or were they taking it to get full and drunk?

I Corinthians 11:31-34 NKJV

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

But when we are judged, we are condemned with the world.

Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for another.

But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.”

Communion is a very powerful part of worship to God. It is a time of intimate worship, relationship and fellowship between you and God. It is a time to draw close to God. It is a time to remember Jesus and all that He did for us. It is a time to enter the Holy of Holies.

When you have an intimate relationship with Jesus you can go directly into the Holy of Holies. You do not need the priest (or anyone else) to go in for you.

Hebrews 9:24-26 NKJV

“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but in heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another-

He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

Jesus entered into the temple in heaven with His own blood as our sacrifice. He was our perfect sacrifice. A sacrifice pleasing to God, placed upon the brazen altar gave the priests the right to enter the most sacred place, the Holy of Holies. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice gives us the right to enter the Holy of Holies as priests to minister, fellowship, and commune with God.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

The body of Christ needs to draw closer to God through communion more than they ever have before. As time draws to a close we need the power that is available to us corporately through communion.

Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”

 

 

Review

1. What is communion?

2. What does intimate mean?

3. The early church had __________________________ with God.

4. What are the benefits of corporate communion?

5. When communion is cut off from the people you will find the people and church are ______________ spiritually.

6. What is the manifest presence of God?

7. Paul wrote to the church (to believers) at Corinth about the manner in which they took communion. What was his warning to them?

8. The church at Corinth was drinking the communion wine to get ______________ and they were eating the bread for food.

9. What does examine mean?

10. Communion is …

a very powerful part of ______________ to God.

a time of intimate worship, relationship and _____________________ between you and God.

a time to draw ___________ to God.

a time to _________________________ Jesus and all that He did for us.

a time to _______________ the Holy of Holies.

11. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice gives us the right to enter the Holy of Holies as _____________ to minister, fellowship, and commune with God.

12. How does Revelation 2:4-5 apply to your life?

Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”

 

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Foil Dinners

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Need:

heavy duty foil (place shiny side in)

non-stick cooking spray

charcoal / matches

tongs – You will need to turn your dinner half way through cooking process.

pot holders

ingredients for the dinner that you choose to make

The cooking time will vary, depending on your ingredients and how hot your coals are. If you are cooking the foil dinners on the grill they will take approximately 35-40 minutes. You will need to check them periodically – be sure the meat is cooked all the way through.

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Hamburger Dinner

1/2 lbs. of hamburger

potatoes, carrots and onions (or other vegetables)

1/2 can cream soup

spices and seasonings to taste

Spray a large piece of heavy duty foil with non-stick cooking spray, so that the food doesn’t stick.

Spread a little of the cream soup on the bottom but reserve most of it for on top.

Place your hamburger on top of the soup, then add your vegetables.

Use salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you want at this point and then cover it all with the rest of the cream soup.

Wrap up your packet and place either on the top shelf of your grill or in hot coals.

 

Chicken Dinner

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast sliced in strips

potatoes, carrots and onions (or other vegetables)

1/2 can cream of chicken soup

spices and seasonings to taste

Spray a large piece of heavy duty foil with non-stick cooking spray, so that the food doesn’t stick.

Spread a little of the cream soup on the bottom but reserve most of it for on top.

Place your chicken on top of the soup, then add your vegetables.

Use salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you want at this point and then cover it all with the rest of the cream of chicken soup.

Wrap up your packet and place either on the top shelf of your grill or in hot coals.

Ham Dinner

ham – 1/2 inch slice

1 carrot – thinly sliced

1 slice of pineapple

1 tablespoon honey

spices and seasonings to taste

Spray a large piece of heavy duty foil with non-stick cooking spray, so that the food doesn’t stick.

Place one carrot thinly sliced on foil, salt and pepper to taste; place a slice of ham on top carrots.

Then place a slice of pineapple on ham and drizzle with 1 tablespoon honey.

Wrap up your packet and place either on the top shelf of your grill or in hot coals.

 

Sausage Dinner (or breakfast)

1 large sausage patty

1 cup frozen hash browns

1 egg

spices and seasonings to taste

Spray a large piece of heavy duty foil with non-stick cooking spray, so that the food doesn’t stick.

Place your sausage on top of the foil. Add frozen hash browns, creating a nest in center.

Then add one egg to the nest. Use salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you want at this point.

Wrap up your packet and place either on the top shelf of your grill or in hot coals.

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Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

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Supplement to Arrows Bible Study- Looking For The Presence of God

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

 

1. James 4:8 NKJV

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

2. Acts 1: 4-5  NKJV

“And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

3. Acts 2:1-4  NKJV

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

4. Acts 2:42  NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of

bread, and in prayers.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

5. Matthew 7:7  NKJV

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

6. 2 Timothy 3:1-5  NKJV

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

7. Matthew 23:25-28  NKJV

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish,but the inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

8. John 4:23-24  NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

9. Matthew 7:13-14  NKJV

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

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Looking For The Presence Of God

Looking For The Presence Of God

Memory Verse: James 4:8

Life Application : If we draw close to God He will draw close to us.

 

Luke 2:41-46  NKJV     “His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother  did not know it, but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.”

     Under the law men were required to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. The people who lived outside of Jerusalem had to make the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Scriptures tell us that every year Joseph and Mary, along with Jesus, went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.

After they finished what the law required, Joseph and Mary gathered their things and headed back home. When they had traveled for one day, they began to look for Jesus. They did not find Him with their relatives or acquaintances that were traveling the same way as them.

Is it possible that since Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem three times a year, year after year, that they had gotten into a routine? If you’ve been to many family gatherings, you will notice that the children always want to ride home with someone other than their parents. Maybe this was true of Jesus also. Maybe it was so routine that His parents assumed He was traveling back with His friends or cousins.

In the natural realm, they had allowed someone else to be responsible for Jesus so many times that when they did not see Him they assumed He was still with their group. They had allowed someone else to be responsible to carry the presence of the Lord. Instead of following along with the people making the journey back home, Jesus stayed in Jerusalem.

According to the Bible, years later, Jerusalem was the place where Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to fill the believers.

Acts 1: 4-5  NKJV     “And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

     Jesus could have sent the believers anywhere to wait on the infilling of the Holy Spirit, but He chose Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a place of worship under the law. Many of the people that worshipped God in Jerusalem had a revelation of God, but not an intimate relationship with Him. When  revelation and relationship (intimacy) come together mighty things happen.

Acts 2:1-4  NKJV    “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

     It was in Jerusalem that the early believers ministered unto the Lord for many days, and as a result God filled the room where they were with His presence. The people in the upper room were baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. They weren’t just speaking anything-they were praising and worshipping God. They were giving glory to God.

Acts 2:11  NKJV    “Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

     The Holy Spirit will help us worship God in spirit and in truth, just like He helped the early believers. The presence of God brings power and results. After Peter was baptized with the Holy Spirit, he stood up and spoke to the crowd. Because of the anointing upon him and the words that he spoke,  many believed.

Acts 2:41  NKJV    “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

     After the people believed, the Bible tells us, that they fellowshipped in the breaking of bread and in prayers.

Acts 2:42  NKJV    “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

     This verse does not mean that they sat around eating all their meals together. The early church shared times of corporate worship and prayer as well as communion (breaking of bread). Communion is a very intimate time between you and God, even when taken together as a group.

The are times in our lives that we might be like Joseph and Mary. We happily travel along the path we choose assuming that Jesus is with us. Once down the road we begin to “look” for the presence of Jesus, but He is no where to be found. Only then do we begin to seek His presence.

Luke 2:46  NKJV    “Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.”

     When Joseph and Mary discovered that Jesus was not with them, they began to  look for Him. They returned to Jerusalem, the last place that they had seen Him. Joseph and Mary found Jesus in the temple, a place of worship. When they became desperate for Him they found Him.

Matthew 7:7  NKJV    “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

James 4:8 NKJV     “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

     All across the world, many people are traveling along assuming that the presence of the Lord is with them. They have a form of godliness, but no power.

2 Timothy 3:1-5  NKJV    “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Matthew 23:25-28  NKJV    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but the inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

     Like the early church, we need to rediscover what worshipping God in Spirit and in truth is.

John 4:23-24  NKJV    “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

     God doesn’t just want you to know who He is, He wants an intimate relationship with you too. Many people know the name of God, but few know Him intimately.

Matthew 7:13-14  NKJV    “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

     We need to allow our revelation and our relationship to come together- we need to “Return To Jerusalem”. Just like Joseph and Mary, when we become desperate for the presence of God we will find Him, in a place of worship.

Review 

1. According to the second chapter of Luke, why were Jesus and His family in Jerusalem?

2. How long (how many days) had Joseph and Mary traveled before they realized that Jesus was not with them?

3. As a group name some reasons why Mary and Joseph might not have realized Jesus wasn’t with them.

4. One definition of assume is to suppose something or to accept that something is true without checking or confirming it.  Have you every assumed something only to later find out that you were wrong?

5. What were the believers instructed to wait for?

6. What did Jesus tell His followers that they would be baptized in?

7. The people that worshiped in Jerusalem did not have what with God?

8. When Jesus’ followers were gathered together they heard what?

9. When the followers were filled with the Holy Spirit what happened?

10. What were the people in the upper room doing when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit?

11. One definition of minister is to give something to someone. How can you personally “minister” to God?

12. The Holy Spirit filled Peter with boldness and as a result how many people were saved that day?

13. What does communion mean to you?

14. Jesus does not leave us, we leave Him. As a group, discuss and list some ways that we leave Jesus.

15. Who is 2 Timothy 23:25-28  talking about?

16. According to Matthew 7:13-14, how must we worship God?

17. When we really become desperate for God, will we find Him?

18. Has there ever been a time in your life that you were truly desperate for God and His presence?

19. Write a prayer asking God  to draw you closer to Him.

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The Church

The Church

Memory Verse: Acts 2:42

Life Application: We should follow the example of the early church.

The dictionary defines church as a building for public worship, the followers of a religion, and a religious service that takes place in a building. Sometimes we refer to the church as a body of people that come together corporately to worship and serve God. Within this group the people take care of and help each other much like a family. Jesus functions as the head or leader and the people are the body. Everyone in the body are equally important, and each one serves a different function (Romans 12:4-8).

When the Bible talks about the “church” it is referring to the people that have accepted Jesus as their Savior. Collectively they are known as the Church, the Body of Christ, or the Bride of Christ. It is not referring to a physical building or a meeting place for Christians. In the New Testament the first believers met in each others homes.

1 Corinthians 16:19  NKJV    “The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.”

     Today believers come together in various settings and places for a variety of reasons. A few of the reasons that people come together in a group setting are to: publicly praise and worship God, fellowship with other believers, use the gifts and talents that God has given them, encourage each other, study God’s Word, gain more knowledge of God, and receive a message or word from God. The most important reason to gather together with other believers is because God has instructed us to.

Hebrews 10:24-25  NKJV    And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

     Prior to Jesus’ ascension to heaven He gave His followers, the early church, some instructions. They were to go throughout the world spreading the gospel, and making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).

Acts 2:42  NKJV    “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

     After Jesus’ followers received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Peter preached a message where three thousand people were saved. Acts 2:38-47 describes how the early church grew. We need to follow their example of the first church in the Apostles’ doctrine, in fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayer.

* Apostles’ Doctrine – New believers must be trained. It is essential that new believers know what they believe and why they believe it. A disciple is a believer in the thought and teaching of a leader. The Holy Spirit helps a believer to understand things. He will guide us in all truth. Through the Holy Spirit in us we have the ability to understand God’s Word, His will and His thoughts. God reveals the truths in His Word to us through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). The early church did not allow the world to set their standards or their beliefs because they had the mind of Christ. They continued to learn God’s ways and to do what He instructed them to do. We must know God’s ways and we must follow His ways. We must know what the Word of God says and then we must act upon what we know. We must not just be a hearer of the Word (James 1:.22-25). We too must have the mind of Christ. The Word of God must dwell in us and be made alive by the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:16 NKJV    “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

* Fellowship – The first church was a community of people that shared the same interest (they wanted to follow Jesus) and goals. They favored and supported of each other. They continued steadfastly in fellowship, in the sharing in the lives of other believers. As they shared in each other’s lives the older believers were able to mentor the younger believers. They older believers were able to give godly advise because of their relationship with the new believers. The wisdom that they (older believers) had obtained was not only for them, it was shared with others. Believers must fellowship with each other. We can draw strength and encouragement from others (Ecclesiastes 5:9-12). Friendship (fellowship) in the body of Christ is something to be valued and is essential for the growth of the church. When we share in each other’s lives it will help bring relief and encouragement for problems and it will help us not to feel a sense of isolation or loneliness. Friends can give assistance, comfort, strength and defense (Philippians 2:1-4). We must fellowship together in the Spirit with other believers.

* Breaking of Bread – Communion is a very intimate time between a person and God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is a time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and all that it provides for you, His death and His resurrection (1 Corinthians 11:23-24). It is also a time to think about Jesus’ return for His bride, the church. As the bride of Christ it is our responsibility to perfect ourselves for our groom, Jesus. We must undergo a process of sanctification. We must set ourselves apart for Jesus. We are to wait and make ourselves ready for His return. While waiting for Jesus’ return we should be in the process of being cleansed by the washing of the Word. We should conform more and more to what the Word of God teaches. Our desire should be to please Jesus, our groom. Communion is a time when believers recommit themselves to prepare to be the bride of Christ, and examine their life (1 Corinthians 11:28-32).  Communion is vitally important to a church. Jesus gave every part of Himself for and to the Church. He gave His Church something that would provide strength for their journey and for healing along the way, and that something is communion. Whatever name you choose to call it communion (the grain and the drink offering / the Lord’s Supper / the love feast / the first works / the breaking of bread) is a wonderful reminder of everything that Jesus provided for us.

* Prayer – Prayer is the act of speaking to God (not about Him, but to Him) in worship, entering into spiritual communication with God, the act of offering worship (ascribing worth to) to God, and making earnest requests (petitions) to God. Prayer is very important to the spiritual well-being of a person and a church. It was the desire of Jesus that His house (both the individual Christian and the church) be a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7, Luke 19:45-46). The early believers were trained in the discipline of prayer. The early church viewed corporate prayers as an essential part of the spiritual growth of the church.

Review Questions And Fill-In-The Blanks

1. How does the dictionary definition the word church?

2. What is your definition of church.

4. Everyone in the body are equally __________________, and each one serves a different function.

5. When the Bible talks about the “church” who is it referring to?

6. Where did the first believers meet?

7. What are some of the reasons believers come together (meet)?

8. Prior to Jesus’ ascension to heaven what instructions did He give His followers?

9. We need to follow the example of the first church in the Apostles’ doctrine, in ____________________, in the breaking of bread, and in __________________.

10. It is essential that new believers know what they _______________and why they believe it.

11. Through the _____________   ________________in us we have the ability to understand God’s Word, His will and His thoughts.

12. Is it enough to just know what God’s Word says?

13. The first church was a community of people that shared the same  ___________________ and ________________.

14. We can draw strength and ______________________________ from others.

15. Friends can give assistance, comfort, _______________________ and defense.

16. Communion is a time to reflect on Jesus’ _________________________ and all that it provides for you, His death and His resurrection.

17. As the bride of Christ we are to wait and make ourselves _______________  for His return.

18. Prayer is very important to the spiritual well-being of a _________________  and a church.

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