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Communion Service

Pastor Korter gave a short sermon to the Bellingham Seventh-day Adventist church this past Sabbath. Communion service with a foot washing was also part of our service. His message was centered around Galatians 2:20:
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

The devil tells us we are not worthy. The devil hates Christians that are devoted to Christ. The devil wants to separate us from Christ, he knows the time is short. Good news-Jesus died for sins of all mankind. Jesus wants us all to come together and take communion. Remembrance of Last Supper and is also a mini baptism service reminding us of His sacrifice on the cross.

Were the disciples perfect people? NO, they were filled with Sin. Peter partook of the Last Supper and then said: “Do not wash my feet Jesus, wash my face”. Peter was filled with doubt. Hours later, Peter took out his sword and cut off ear of the Roman soldier that was arresting Jesus.

If it wasn’t for Jesus, none of us would be worthy. Jesus calls us to recognize our sin, then go to the cross and claim victory. Popular teaching in many Christian churches is dangerous-As long as I ask Jesus to forgive my sins, I can keep on sinning. Remember the verse where Christ stated in the Gospels that many will claim that they know Christ and the Lord said that many will proclaim my name but few will enter in to the Kingdom.

Christ death on the cross gives us victory over our sin. Good news is the Gospel. We are transformed and changed. This is the way I used to be, do, what I watched and now I am a different person. Jesus says come to me just as you are. By God’s power, He changes how we think, talk, act. Gospel is all about transformation.

Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20, I AM. This means Paul has already made his choice. Paul is telling others and us to chose. Jesus chose to die. He didn’t have to but gave in to give up himself for us. Paul says he gives up himself for Jesus. I give up self to let Jesus live in me. If it is what we want, can Christ live in us? Examine ourselves when we come to the Lord’s Supper. The devil inflicts fear to keep us in self. God is calling us to be honest with Jesus. Paul says: Christ lives in me.

Come to Jesus in sincerity and He will live in your heart.

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