Imagine that you were one of the disciples with Jesus during that supper in Luke 22. How would you have responded to Jesus saying, “This bread is my body, which is given for you?” What questions would you have had? Today we launch our Food series by looking at a Meal with God. Listen as Paul Kiss explores Luke 22:17-20; 24:28-34 as we discover communion keeps us centred on Jesus and united with each other.
Food: A Meal With God
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: March 3, 2019
1. A Long Story Lived
Text: Exodus 12; Luke 22:7-8; 1 Corinthians 11:23ff
2. A Meal With God
Text: Luke 22:7-30; John 6:27-35
3. Your Sins are Forgiven!
Text: Luke 22:20; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21
“But the basic fact of the matter is this: what Christians do today when they meet to break bread and drink wine together is the central Christian action, which links us in an unbroken line to…” (the early church)… “and ultimately of course to Jesus and his friends in the Upper Room on the night he was about to be betrayed (and denied, forsaken, arrested, tried, mocked and executed). And it links us, too, to almost all Christians throughout the world today…” – N.T. Wright
1. Imagine that you were one of the disciples with Jesus during that supper in Luke 22. How would you have responded to Jesus saying, “This bread is my body, which is given for you?” What questions would you have had?
2. When Jesus took the cup, he spoke about a “new covenant,” confirmed with his blood. As a disciple with him, what would you have made of that statement?
3. Think about how someone who is visiting with us on a Sunday, who is not familiar with this practice. What questions would they have about the Eucharist? How would you answer them?
4. Luke seems to be intentionally relating 24:30 back to the meal where Jesus broke bread in 22:19. When Jesus broke the bread, “their eyes were opened.” How does gathering around the communion table help us to recognize Jesus?
5. The Apostle Paul said that the instructions he was giving to the Corinthians about the Lord’s Supper, (communion), were passed onto him, 1Corinthians 11:23ff. The Eucharist dates back all the way to the early days of the Christian movement. How does it encourage you to know that you’re joining in a very old, unbroken tradition, when you take communion?
6. In what ways might this practice feel prohibitive to someone who is new to our Sunday gathering? How might this practice be inviting to them?
1. If you are in a Home Church, and you’re not sharing in monthly communion, take some time to discuss it and see where you all land with this.
2. Read the little book from N.T. Wright – The Meal Jesus Gave Us (85 pages).