Was That Necessary? – Part 1: Deepening Your Faith

Was That Necessary? – Part 1: Deepening Your Faith

Luke 22:7-29

Series Memory Verse: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (p.884)

(Jesus) “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ After supper he took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.’” Luke 22:19–20 (p.805)

“When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ?” 1 Corinthians 10:16 (p.876)

  • I’m Invited To Sit At The King’s Table.

Come To The Table:

  1. Thoughtfully

“Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat together.’” Luke 22:7-8 (p.804) 

“For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.” 1 Corinthians 11:26 (p.877)

  1. Respectfully

“When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, ‘I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.’” Luke 22:14-16 (p.804)

“So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 11:27 (p.877)

  1. Humbly

“‘But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me. For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.’ The disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.” Luke 22:21-23 (p.805)

“That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28 (p.877)

  1. Considerately

“But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.” Luke 22:26 (p.805)

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other.” 1 Corinthians 11:33 (p.877)

My Next Step This Week: I commit to take communion, taking time to reflect on how I come to Jesus’ table.


LIFE GROUP DISCUSSION

One Thing: I’m Invited To Sit At The King’s Table.

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:21 (p.884)

Bible Background: The Last Supper – Luke 22:7-29

CONVERSATION STARTER

// If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

WEEKEND REVIEW

I’m Invited To Sit At The King’s Table.

Come to the table:

  1. Thoughtfully
  2. Respectfully
  3. Humbly
  4. Considerately

// Was there anything that stood out to you or maybe confused you?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

// Read 1 Corinthians 11:26-29 (p.877).

  • Why is self-examination crucial before taking communion?
  • How does remembering the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice during communion change your perspective on your own worthiness to partake in it?

// Read 1 John 1:9 (p.941).

  • How does the promise in this verse make you feel about knowing you’re worthy because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?
  • Does this change how you approach communion? How so?

// Read 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (p.876).

  • How does understanding ourselves as part of one body, sharing in one bread, challenge and encourage you to live in unity with fellow believers?
  • How does the idea of Jesus inviting us to His table, to share in one bread and one cup, motivate you to extend the same invitation to those who are lost (not followers of Jesus)?

// Our series is about the necessity of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. How does The Last Supper and communion help you understand that Jesus had to die on the cross for you?

  • Read our Memory Verse for this series 2 Corinthians 5:21 (p. 884).
  • How can you maintain a constant remembrance of Jesus’ death and resurrection in your daily life?

NEXT STEP

My Next Step This Week:

_____ I commit to take communion, taking time to reflect on how I come to Jesus’ table.

ACTIVITY

As a group, take communion together. Pass out communion elements (a cracker and grape juice). Read Luke 22:19-20. As the verse directs you to eat the bread (the end of verse 19), take it together. Do the same with the juice (the end of verse 20).  

DIGGING DEEPER 

Read the Communion Daily Reading in The Life Transformation Bible (A22). Commit to reading it every morning this week. As you read, focus on how your attitude should reflect Jesus when you take communion. How will you change your approach to communion and Jesus’ sacrifice?    

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