Take 5 (July 21-25, 2014)

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Pastor Troy Thornton • Pastor of Small Groups & Outreach

Monday: Communion Is Selfless!

Romans 5:1

Sunday in worship, we participated in the Lord’s Table, or as we often call it, communion. This is a time for followers of Jesus to remember what sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. We also have opportunity to recall that we now can relate with God in peaceful communion because of that sacrifice. Romans 5:1 tells us that this awful death of our Savior brought the ultimate peaceful communion of all time. We can celebrate that we can commune with God and recognize the fact that it has nothing to do with us — it is all God. Praise God for His selfless, sacrifice that allows us to have daily Communion with Him! It is also selfless since it has nothing to do with us ­— it is “not of ourselves” (Ephesians 2:8-9), this is God’s doing!

For Today: Are you selflessly communing with God today?

Tuesday: Take Care!

1 John 4:15-18

Adam and Eve communed with God in perfection and without fear before sin entered the world through them. When they chose to sin, they immediately hid from God in fear (Genesis 3:10). Because of our relationship with God through Jesus, we can experience communing with God without fear (Roman 8:1). His love is so perfect and so complete, that our trust in Him and His love creates a taste of that fearless communion that Adam and Eve experienced (1 John 4:15-18). Communion with God does not involve fear, because God’s love (which is perfect) literally casts out fear (1 John 4:18)! We can freely commune with our God without fear of judgment, guilt, or rejection because of His love.

For Today: Remember that God’s perfect love casts out fear!

Wednesday: Communion Is Classless!

James 2

There are cultures in the world that are based upon what is called a “class system”. This is a system that places people into classes, which divides them socially and economically. These classes are often strictly adhered to, and people do not interact outside of their given class. This type of mentality should not exist in the body of Christ. Our communion with each other, as we identify with Christ and His Church, is to quite literally be “classless”. James 2:2-8 instructs us that our communion with each other in Christ is to be without favoritism due to economic or social division. We must fellowship without any prejudiced thought for anyone’s station in life; we are all of one body, unified in communion with Christ and each other.

For Today: Confess any favoritism in your heart.

Thursday: Observe

Psalm 85:2, Hebrews 10:22

Guilt is one of the most powerful emotions that people can experience. Counselors say that it is one of the most common root causes of much of the pain their clients experience. Followers of Jesus are not immune to the guilt trap. We often find ourselves agonizing in the guilt of some sin or temptation in which we struggle. We certainly do not want to minimize sinfulness in our lives, but we cannot wallow in guilt of past sins. God has given us communion with Him through the sacrifice of His Son and has extended to us complete forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is totally complete and makes no room for guilt (Psalm 85:2). Guilt can create thoughts of inadequacy of that forgiveness and sacrifice. God wants us to actively participate in daily communion with Him in the guilt free environment of His grace (Hebrews 10:22).

For Today: Give up on the Guilt!

Friday: Communion Is Limitless!

Ephesians 3:17-19

We are used to living within limits in various ways in our lives each day. We adhere to speed limits, spending limits of a budget, limited time in our schedules, and the limits of a healthy diet. One limit we do not have to experience is a limit of God’s love for us as His followers (Ephesians 3:17-19). All too often we approach communion with God each day as if there is a limit to God’s love and that we can somehow extend it by “earning” more through how we act and interact with him. We want to check “spiritual boxes” that earn more favor with God. What a tragedy! We have 100% of God’s love, 100% of the time. We cannot, and do not have to, earn more of His love. It is beyond what we can understand it is the deepest, widest, and broadest love of all.

For Today: Enjoy the limitless communion of God’s love!