“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
I Corinthians 11:23-26
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.”
I. A POINTED REMINDER
The Lords Table is not another holiday meal we simply consume, it’s a holy meal designed to remind us of Christ’s sacrifice.
II. A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
A. Inner relationship with Christ
B. Interpersonal relationship with others
I Corinthians 10:17
“For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”
III. A PRACTICAL RESPONSE
I Corinthians 11:28
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”
The purpose of examination is participation!
I have asked the Lord to take from me the super sensitivity that robs the soul of joy and peace and causes fellowship to cease.
Your level of humility will determine the depths of your happiness.
*It finally happened in 1957, when Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith (pic)
*The Monongah Mining Disaster-pic)
“Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.”
*Many guys have no idea what it actually means to “man up” and be a man according to God’s standard.
I. HEAR THE CALL TO MANHOOD
Genesis 3:9, 10
“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
*Sin causes the inner voice of God in your life to be muted and instead of fulfilling your mission you run off and hide.
1. Vicarious living
Quote: “Most men define their lives by three things; the ballfield, the bedroom and the billfold”. Voddie Baucham Jr.
*Guys when we become tone deaf to God’s call to manhood we also become deaf to the cry of our family who are desperate for our love and affection.
II. RECEIVE THE CHARGE OF MANHOOD
I Kings 2:1-4
“Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel."
“For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
* Picture of Stone marker in England Martyrs Memorial
III. MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO MANHOOD
I Corinthians 13:11
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”