Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Discussion on Lent

There are many believers who do not practice Lent. I was wondering how those who practice Lent would describe it to those who do not know what it is all about.

I would love for us to discuss the following questions:

What is the Lent Season? Why practice it? Why not? What does Lent do for believers? What does it not do? If you practice this tradition, how it helped your life?

What do you think?

Share your thoughts.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lets Talk About The Lord's Supper

As I sit in my favorite coffee house with my son Quinn, I am thankful for all that God has done and continues to do in my life. God is wonderful and it is great that we as believers are allowed to commune with Him.

As Jesus faces the worst possible death imaginable; he takes the time to have one last meal with His disciples. The meal is known as the Last Supper and the Lord's Supper (Matt. 26: 26-30, Mark 14: 22-30, Luke 22:7-22). It is at this last meal that he takes the time to tell them what the bread and wine symbolize. His blood and His body, broken for us.

One of my favorite parts of worshiping God is taking the Lord's Supper or "Communion with God." I take the bread and remember what Jesus Christ did for me. I remember His body broken on the cross. I think about His willingness to sacrifice all for me. I take the time and remember and cherish the cross.

As I drink the cup of the Lord, I remember the blood that flowed from his head, back, hands and feet- the blood that cleanses my sin and failures. It is the blood that allows me to have a relationship with the Almighty God.

The Lord's Supper reminds me that it is not of my own power that I am saved. I spend the time in thankfulness for that blood. It is my opinion that we should not just remember the death but the also the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

He isn't dead, but alive.

I have been in many churches that felt like a funeral service of our Lord. We must as believers take the time and remember that He is not dead, but alive within us.

There are some churches that take the Lord's Supper daily as referred to in Acts. Others take the Lord's supper on Saturday and Sunday. There are some churches who take it once a month once a year and even weekly on Sundays. Does it matter when we take it?

Is it a salvation issue? Does taking the Lord's Supper every Sunday or how ever often make it an empty ritual? How can we make it meaningful?

The questions I want you to ponder and discuss are the following: When does your church take communion? Does it matter when we take the Lord's Supper? Do you think it has changed over the centuries? What does taking the Lord's Supper do for us as believers? What should our attitude be while taking it? What should we reflect on? Many mothers and fathers with young children have a hard time during communion concentrating on what is going on. Does God accept and understand us taking it? What does the Lord's Supper mean to you? What was the best experience you have had during the partaking?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Is Baptism Essential?

I believe that the issue that is going to be discussed and debated among Churches of Christ in the 21st century is the essentiality of baptism.

Is baptism essential to one's savation? I know many Churches of Christ are embracing the ecumenical movement. There are more and more churches that are embracing instrumental music, women's involvement in worship as well as ministry and leadership roles.

But, I believe the issue that really needs to be discussed is the essentiality of baptism for salvation. If we are to be more tolerant, relevant, and ecumenical - is discussing this issue so important? If the church of Christ holds to the doctrine of the essentiality of baptism for remission of sins, what does that tell other denominations and believers? What message does that send to the rest of the Christian community? What reputation does it display? Does it show elitism? Do we become cultish when we make the statement that we are the only ones going to heaven because we have been baptism? Is it something that the Church of Christ is willing to compromise on? Is it something on which we can compromise? Are you willing to compromise on the doctrine of baptism? If not, why? If so, why should we? Does baptism save us? What is it that saves us from our sins? Do you see baptism as being an issue that is going to be debated in the years ahead?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.

What do you think?
Share your thought.