I heard several strange things growing up in church. I remember not understanding all of them. Some I figured out on my own and just hoped I came to the right conclusion. One thing I thought was strange was that whenever someone prayed, they said things I never heard them say while not praying. One time a guy and I were talking about Notre Dame football while Lou Holtz was the head coach at Notre Dame. The guy was not a fan of Coach Holtz and called Lou any and every kind of name you can imagine. A few minutes later, he got up to pray in our church service and randomly said words like sanctify us, purify our country, hedges of protection, bless her heart, traveling mercies and everyone else’s unspoken requests. He also prayed “Bless Pastor “Bill”. May he give us a meaty sermon today.”
Every week, I heard the phrase “Give us a meaty sermon today.” My mouth would salvate. I literally expected a steak (steak tacos would have been heaven on earth)! Each week, I left disappointed. In my opinion, that prayer request went unanswered!
I had never heard this particular guy say any of these words together. Then when I started following Jesus, the stupidest thing happened. I started praying that way. When our sons were born, I realized I was a major influence in shaping their views about God. We would pray and I started to realize that the way I was praying was irrelevant. They would pray and their prayers were so genuine, honest and simple.
Shad would pray for the cat across the street to get better. Carson would pray that a certain leader at our church wouldn’t stink and that her breath would smell like Fruit Loops instead of butt. They would ask God , “Why did our neighbor get sick?” and “God why did the Patriots win the Super Bowl?” Shad would often pray asking God why Notre Dame didn’t win football games. He would then listen urgently waiting on a response from God. Carson once found a squirrel. He named him “Squirrely”. He prayed that Squirrely would live forever. Sadly that wasn’t the case.
I was amazed how genuine, honest and simple my sons’ prayers were. God taught me something during those years. Keep your prayers genuine, honest and simple.
At one point in the Bible, Jesus was surrounded by children. He let everyone know in the setting that the kingdom of Heaven belongs to people like these children. Let’s pray like children, genuine, simple and honest.
There’s no need to lie to God and act like you’re having the best day ever when you’re really not. Be genuine, get to the point and simply be honest.
Prayer is a two-way street as well. Take some time and listen to God. I know that seems extremely strange and maybe a little wacky. God never intended for us not to listen to him though. I believe there is a reason we have two ears and one mouth. We should listen twice as much as we speak. This can be said for both our friendships and how we talk as well as how we engage our prayer life.
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I grew up going to church. We would wake up on Sunday mornings and my mom would wrestle the four of us to get dressed in our Sunday best. I’m pretty sure my hair was completely unkempt most of those Sundays. I was bored out of my mind most Sundays. My main goal during the service was to figure out how to get to the ‘fellowship hall’s kitchen’ without being caught. I knew that there was a group of old men keeping the box of donuts safe while devouring 3-4 donuts each. I just wanted one for myself (for the record that had happened 3 times in my life).
The optimal time for me to make my move was during the most boring part of the service, The Pastoral Prayer. If you’re not familiar with this part of some church traditions, let me explain. Someone reads the prayer requests of the entire church and sometimes the pastor would open the floor for prayer requests. My favorite though was when someone would shout out an urgent prayer request interrupting the pastor as he read through the other requests. After the prayer requests had been read, the pastor would pray and open the altar (the part at the front of most churches with a kneeling pad). If the Spirit was moving or if people were feeling particularly emotional, or they wanted to get up and walk around after sitting for several minutes they would go the altar to pray. People would go the altar praying for every part of their life. They prayed for distant children, health concerns, state of the nation etc. Prayer time felt like it never ended!
I heard of eternity in my Sunday School class and I’m pretty sure they were talking about this part of the service. For a kid who struggled to sit still for 5 seconds the struggle was REAL. 99.9% of people pray with their eyes closed (not sure why, but they do). So when I wanted to make my move to the glorious donuts, this was my time. Like a child prodigy ninja , I stealthily worked my way through the church (I’d tell you how, but I don’t want people using my own skills against me in my own church) to get to the back and out the door to the donuts.
My mom really wanted us to follow Jesus so just going to the service wasn’t good enough. She wouldn’t return us to our home until we attended a second portion of the weekly experience called Sunday School. Sunday School wasn’t as boring. Sometimes we had snacks. We could talk and move around a bit. Each week the Sunday School teacher would ask each of us for prayer requests. She would then ask for a volunteer to pray for the prayer requests that each of us had just listed.
The person praying would elaborately pray for each prayer request. Most of the time he would use words we had heard our parents use or other adults during that altar call part of the service we just attended. They would say phrases like ‘Direct his steps, help him to follow your leading, bless her heart, Spirit move in her, hedge of protection, seeking His face, or walking in His mercy”. I still don’t know what some of those phrases really mean. Is God really concerned with the condition of our hedges and shrubs?
I remember the Sunday I realized that everyone else had figured out this whole prayer thing, but me. The Sunday School teacher asked for prayer requests and everyone went around sharing their requests. One kid was going to a karate tournament, one kid was going to a spelling bee that week, one kid’s parents were getting divorced, one kid wanted a pony and one kid really wanted a Nintendo Game Boy for Christmas (this was April). As everyone listed their requests, the teacher dutifully wrote them down. We all knew what was next… the tribute to pray for our class.
Like Katniss Everdeen, a girl wearing a blue dress rose her hand volunteering as tribute. The teacher ignored her and looked right at me. I hadn’t prayed at all this particular school year. This was my Sunday.
So everyone closed their eyes and I began the prayer. “Jesus thanks for being who you are…. You’re great. You just heard all the requests. Would you answer them? If you didn’t hear them for the past 5 minutes, Mrs. Smith wrote them down in her journal. You could read them from there. Thanks for this Tang. It was really good this week. -Amen”
I didn’t close my eyes because I just didn’t. I don’t know why people do that still. When I said “Amen”, the expression of shock and disappointment was evident on all their faces. A kid named Jeff laughed and a girl named Emily caringly asked me if I needed help praying the right way. Mrs. Smith wanted to see me after class. When we talked, she asked why I was so disrespectful in my prayer.
We started this miniseries to help people understand what prayer is, what it’s not and how to actually pray. We believe that prayer is powerful, effective and crucial as we explore our faith. It doesn’t have be this awkward, long or a boring part of our lives. It can be fun, impactful and meaningful.
I’m pretty sure Jesus doesn’t care if we use fancy elaborate words or not. I’m pretty sure He doesn’t require a minimum amount of words or amount of time while praying. I’m pretty sure Jesus just wants to talk with us. I really believe that when we use words we wouldn’t actually use in everyday life, it throws Jesus off. When we spend all our time talking and then saying Amen indicating the prayer is over, we miss out on the most important part of prayer, listening to Jesus.
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Just to clarify any confusion, my family is normal. In fact that imagine attached to this blog is my family. We were with some dear friends of ours at South Haven, MI posing for a picturesque family photo, when this happened. We are normal. Just this week we’ve had to break up fights between my sons. I actually had to say these words, “No you shouldn’t fart on your brother’s head…” among so many other ways of correcting our sons. I lose my temper. At times, I feel like I’m losing my mind parenting our boys.
As we wrap up this miniseries, I hope you’ll resist the temptation to fall into the comparison trap. It’s a trap. We all do it to some degree, but it’s a black hole of sinking sand that we can get lost in.
A few years ago, I had to go to the store and pick out a picture frame. I needed something simple but creative. I stood in front of the picture frames for several minutes seeking the perfect one. It hit me while I was looking through the frames, that every picture in them was the same. All of them pictured a couple with some children and a small animal of some sort. Everyone was smiling too, even the dogs! None of them seemed stressed, The siblings weren’t fighting or pulling out each other’s hair. Everything looked peaceful and serene. Strange. My family rarely appears that way. In fact, my family rarely acts that way anymore.
Maybe picture frame companies should start putting real family photos in their frames. That could be fun. Real families like these...
Most importantly, I hope that as we’ve worked through this miniseries, you’ve resisted the comparison trap. The comparison trap is everywhere. We shouldn’t compare ourselves to the filtered perfection of others we see on social media, youtube or any other platform. Behind every Instagram worthy photo are dozens of photos like what we see above.
There isn’t a perfect family. The point of the these blogs has not been to compare one family to another. The point has been to encourage you as the parent to give your family the attention and intentionality they deserve. I believe you can lead your family well and set your children up for success!
If we can ever help you to better lead your family, please don’t hesitate to reach out. At RE.THINK, we have many resources and useful tips that can set you and your family up for success. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
If you’ve stuck with us this far into the miniseries, I’m so glad. If you are jumping in right at the end, feel free to go back to the previous posts. Up to this point, you might be thinking it seems simple enough, but let’s face it, some of us are living pretty crazy lives just to make this life in crazy town actually work. Some of us can barely make dinner a reality let alone be intentional about it.
So what do you do if you work a crazy work schedule? What do you do if your child is in the last years or even weeks of high school? Time is limited and so is your energy.
When my youngest son entered kindergarten, I realized my time with him was essentially gone. When he was at school, I’d be home. When I was at work, he’d be home. It was a devastating realization for me as a dad. I realized I had to change work schedules, but in the meantime, I couldn’t wait until that happened. So, I looked for creative ways to stay involved in my sons’ lives. I decided that each week I would have lunch with them at their schools. This usually meant I sat in an extremely small chair surrounded by other kids and would have to engage in conversations about legos, superheroes and farts (don’t judge, your kids do it too).
Fridays, I would come home from work, stop by a McDonald’s and pick up apple pies and other kinds of snacks. I’d wake them up and we’d watch TV while eating our snacks. In the winter, we’d get bundled up and head out to play in the snow. In the summertime, we’d go and look at the stars. Each of us has 24 hours in a day. We’ll never be able to find more time. As parents, we must intentionally create moments in time that help us connect with our children.
My oldest son just entered high school. My wife and I realize that our weeks with him are slipping away. We are coming to the final stretch with him. I’ve had to re-evaluate what creating these moments will look like. I know that these years of high school will be full of crazy sports schedules, friends, eventually awkward dates and school dances with girls. Intentionality is key when creating moments that will help us create lasting memories. I foresee "guys only" weekend camping trips and driving lessons in which I don’t lose my ever-loving mind in our future!
I’m learning that the key isn't balance. The key to success in life is to be fully present where you’re at. If you’re at work, give it 100% of your attention. If you’re at home, give your family 100% of your attention.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparing our realities to the perceived realities of others we see on social media. Don’t compare your life to the filtered perfection of others. Instead, focus on intentionally creating memories your family will remember!
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So we normally don’t go THAT deep in a message, and we strive to be clear rather than deep. This week we realized we needed to go deep in order to be clear. To that end, we want to make sure we didn’t just glaze over details and other information during the message this weekend.
Below are all the notes from Marc’s message:
-Paul starts the Corinthian church around 50 AD.
-According to Acts 18 24-26 Apollos a believer in Jesus, but lacks foundational teachings and theology speaks in Ephesus. Some of the early church leaders Priscilla and Aquila teach Apollos more theology. Eventually, Apollos wants to head toward Corinth area.
The order in which Luke refers to Aquila and Priscilla is crucial here. When we first meet this married couple they are referred to as Aquila and his wife Priscilla (Acts 18:1). That is the only time they are referred to in that order in the Bible. It appears that Priscilla is just as important or more important to Paul’s ministry as Aquila.
53-56 AD Paul stays in Ephesus during that time the Corinthian church seems to be imploding. Paul writes a series of 4 letters to address the internal issues.
-Paul writes his 1st of four letters (not 1 Corinthians) to this church during these years. He references this letter in 1 Corinthians 5:9.
-The Corinthian church sends a delegation of people from Chloe’s house church to get clarification on other issues in the church. Paul writes the 2nd letter and sends it back to this group of people from Chloe’s house church. (see 1 Corinthians 1:11) This is the letter we refer to as 1 Corinthians.
At some point, Paul writes the 3rd letter and sends it to Titus. Paul refers to this letter as a sorrowful letter. It appears that he regrets writing this letter according to (2 Corinthians 7).
He seems to be concerned for Titus and travels to Corinth through Macedonia. Titus and Paul cross paths in Macedonia. Titus gives Paul a report on the status of the Corinthian church, and Paul ends up writing his fourth letter, 2 Corinthians. Paul sends Titus and Timothy back to Corinth (2 Corinthians 8:17-18).
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Look around next time you go out to eat. What do you notice? There’s a TV on and almost everyone has a cell phone in their hands. Even the baby sitting at the table next to you has a tablet of some sort entertaining her. People are so connected to their devices that we’ve lost the art of connecting with people on a personal level.
My family is no different. This is a constant struggle for us. I find myself waiting to hear if any notifications go off. Study after study has shown this is a real issue for our generations.
It’s one thing to say that we want to set our children up for success. It’s a completely different thing to actually create a plan to accomplish that reality. I realize that everyone has a different idea of what success is. I think we all can agree that success doesn’t just happen. If it did, every February everyone would have the ideal body size and type, everyone’s bank accounts would be in great condition and you’d have that dream job. No one hopes to get through life having contributed very little or not leave a legacy.
We should recognize the responsibility and gift it is to raise our children. Out of every human being possible, God chose you to be the parents of your children. Don’t miss the gravity and importance of that statement. God chose you! Our greatest contribution in life might just be the children we raise.
The goal of raising our children so they are set up for success isn’t one that we should just glaze over either. A goal worth setting is one that we should be willing to give the attention and intentionality it deserves. Translation, there’s going to be work involved in this process. There are going to be habits formed and habits broken that are going to be uncomfortable, but we must keep the end goal in mind. Study after study points to eating a meal together around the dinner table is the number one factor in the success of any child.
Learn the art of disconnecting in order to truly connect.
This means no devices at the dinner table. The TV is off, no toys and no distractions. There’s nothing for individuals to hide behind in order to connect. In the Ulrich household, everyone (guests included) surrender their devices during this time. If a guest isn’t willing to surrender, it might result in a game of Cell Phone Roulette. What is Cell Phone Roulette you may ask?The person with the cell phone gives it to the person to their left and the person on their left opens their contact list and swipes up…. Stops on a random contact calls that contact. The person on the left then hands the phone back to the owner and has to have a phone conversation with that contact for a minimum of 60 seconds.
This reduces the distractions allowed during this time. We lie to ourselves over and over again thinking we can multitask, but in reality, we can’t. There is no such thing as multitasking. See Greg McKeown's book Essentialism.
Learn the art of connecting by rewinding together.
After we’ve disconnected from our devices and started to connect, there are some questions we should ask each other. We answer these three questions almost every night:
What made you glad today?
What made you sad today?
What made you mad today?
You can come up with your own questions to ask and answer. The main point is that we spend time rewinding our days. We don’t simply coast through the days and consume food, but we intentionally connect and engage each other. You’ll be shocked at how much your children want to know how you as their parent and what went on during your day. There’s no need to give them all the details. Simply answering those questions gives them a glimpse into adulting.
Learn the art of building each other up.
This is the most difficult one to learn and live out. It’s easy for me to correct and guide. It’s not natural to build and encourage others up. Our table is a safe place for our family. We intentionally work to make it that kind of place. There are several times that Heather looks at me and lovingly corrects me when I’m aggravating embittering our sons. There’s a fine line of overcorrecting. It’s easy to cross it too. Learn the art of encouraging each other.
I believe with everything in me that when we give our families the intention and attention they deserve, we’ll leave a lasting impact on the world. Our legacy will outlast most of our accomplishments, raises we receive at work or certificates that hang in our offices. Our greatest contribution in life might just be the children we raise.
Allow me to let you in on a little secret, you’re family is crazy. You know that everyone knows that. The reality is simple every family, workplace, school, organization of any kind has its own version of crazy. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but once we realize it and can acknowledge it we can move forward with life.
The challenge for leaders, parents, employers is to manage their own version of crazy to achieve the preferred outcomes. In the previous episode of this mini-series, we discussed the most important decision parents can make to set their children up for success. Realizing, protecting and cultivating the most important hour of the day. The Family Meal. Our dinner times are crucial to the success of our children. So the question becomes how do you manage your version of crazy to achieve the preferred outcomes.
Below are The Ulrich Dinner Rules.
Ulrich Dinner Rules:
1. At least 4 times a week we will eat
2. No technology allowed. That includes answering
phone calls or text messages.
3. Respect will be displayed. If disrespect is
displayed, consequences will occur.
4. We will answer the following questions:
What made you mad today?
What made you sad today?
What made your glad today?
5. No freeloaders! Clean up after yourself.
Everyone will participate in dinnertime.
Two people will set the table and the other
two people will clean up.
6. All disputes should be taken care of prior
to dinnertime. Our table is not a war zone.
Parents, I can’t urge you enough to set these habits in place. There are only 936 weeks from when your sweet innocent baby is born until she graduates high school. Make your weeks’ count.
As you create your own list of family rules, keep these in mind:
Connect by disconnecting.
Connect by rewinding
Connect by building up.
We’ll unpack each of these in our next installment of this miniseries.
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As my youngest son entered kindergarten, the realization hit me that I was going to miss out on a lot. At the time, I was working a second shift job that provided in great ways for my family’s needs. I remember weeping (like the really ugly kind of crying) when I realized the last day of summer was over because I knew it meant our freedom was gone. My family would be at home while I was at work. I’d be at home while my sons were at school.
Growing up, my dad was absent, not just kind of distant, like really absent. He had a separate family he lived with. As I grew up, I knew I wanted to become the best father possible. I wanted to be at all of my sons’ sporting events and very involved in their lives. I wanted to my own version of Dr. Cliff Huxtable. (What a tragedy the reality of his actions and lifestyle have turned out to be years later). Yes, I watched on The Cosby Show. I expected to be that kind of a dad when I became a father. Well, this just wasn’t the case. I felt so ashamed of it. Because of my schedule, Heather, my amazing wife, functioned as a single mom. That piled on the shame, but our bills were paid. We bought a house, purchased new cars and paid off debt. That part was great, but our family unit was not as strong as it could be"....
Working a second shift job, I had to find creative ways to make sure I was a part of their lives. I would have lunch with our sons at school. On Fridays, I would stop by McDonald's and pick up ice cream and apple pies and wake my boys up and we’d watch TV and eat our desserts. It just felt like it wasn’t enough. I missed out on plenty of soccer games, after-school fun and school events themselves.
So, I made a decision that I was going to do whatever it took to get on 1st shift. It finally happened in 2011. I accepted a position to transfer within the same company in a different department on 1st shift. I didn’t care about its reputation or the reputation of the people I was going to work with. I just knew that for my family’s sake I needed to be on 1st shift.
Later that fall, I started my new position with my schedule. It felt like a whole new life. Heather and I actually got to spend time with our boys as a family. We got our family time and our bills were paid for. I would show up to dinner with my cell phone and answer text messages and phone calls during dinner responding to work-related issues. I would actually be present, but not really there in person.
Heather and I had a come to Jesus conversation shortly after that. I realized how much I was stealing from my family with that kind of lifestyle. I wanted and still want my sons to succeed in life. I want them to enjoy the life they live. I want them to really have a great life that will set them up for success in their adulthood years.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this desire. I think all parents want similar things for their kids. So I had to do some soul-searching and make the decision I was going to do whatever it took to succeed in that desire. I was amazed at what I found. This discovery was shockingly simple, almost too good to be true. I didn’t believe it at first but after the research was explained, I couldn't deny it. So I decided to try it myself.
The one important decision we made was to make our dinner time the most important hour possible. We came up with The Ulrich Family Dinner Rules. We still live by these rules years later.
Parents, this might have been one of the most important decisions I made as a father. Taking time to work on how we lead our families is crucial. It’s easy to allow the days to turn into weeks and the weeks to turn into years. Before we know it our kids are graduating from high school and we have missed some opportunities to set them up for success.
Studies have shown that the best way parents can set up their kids for success had little to do with the school they attend or what sports they participate in. The number one factor according to several studies is eating meals together on a regular basis around the family dinner table.
A Google search will show you the results for yourself. Click here for the results of "studies about eating a meal together as a family and success"
In this blog mini-series, we are going to lay out our suggested strategy for parents to set up their children for success by making the decision to make their own dinner time the most important part of their week.
A couple of years ago, my wife invited me to go to the public library with her and our boys. I wasn’t going to go, but then I thought why not. I ended up walking around the library searching for something interesting. A small audiobook on disc with a bright yellow cover caught my eye. It was a book I hadn’t heard about. It was titled, God of the Underdogs. I picked it up believing that it was going to be just another book with little to no consequence.
At the same time, our family was in the middle of a season of transition not knowing what our ‘next’ was or where our ‘next’ would be. We were in a holding pattern. Reading the contents of this particular book changed the course of our lives. The words that Matt Keller, the author, wrote in this book felt like they were written just for me in that particular season. There was a moment when I was driving to a meeting and literally had to pull the car over and “rewind” the disc so I could hear it again. After processing this book, Heather and I decided to change the course of action we were currently on. I can’t put everything into words, but I can honestly say that without the invitation to visit the library, I might not have ever come across this book. Without listening to that particular audiobook, I don’t know if I would have ever considered starting a church.
These kinds of events happen all the time... blind dates, swiping right or a guy asking a girl out finally after having a major crush on her. These decisions can change the course of history.
The seemingly simple act of inviting a friend to go on a run could start them down the path of becoming a marathon runner. This marathon runner could raise kids who not only watch their mom run marathons but want to be physically active as well. This could change the course of their family’s medical history of unhealthy patterns and habits and end obesity and heart attacks in their family tree.
Taking the unseemingly small step and asking a co-worker to watch a big game with you in March might result in you guys becoming best friends. This could result in a lifelong family friendship that last decades and even generations.
Inviting someone to something can change the course and trajectory of their life. What would happen if we lived our lives thinking this through? What could happen if we believed that we might actually improve someone’s life? What risks would we be willing to take? I believe that deep down every human being wants to do good and wants to help others improve. Inviting someone to encounter Jesus in an authentic way is the most important invitation someone can make. We may think it’s simple to invite a co-worker, friend, neighbor or family member to attend a church service, but that could change the trajectory of their life and their family for generations to come.
So how should we do it? Should we just walk around and invite everyone and anyone? That’s an option, but I don’t believe it’s the best option. Here are three simple steps that we follow here at RE.THINK Church when inviting someone to attend a service here at RE.THINK.
1. Pray. We Pray that God will bring at least three people or three families to our mind that don’t have a relationship with Jesus yet. We truly believe that inviting someone to church could change their lives and the trajectory of their family. We know that God loves each person more than we do. We believe He longs to have a relationship with each person He created, therefore, we ask God to help.
2. Invest. Just like good wine, pairing matters. Invite cards pair well with gifts, notes of encouragement, kind words etc. Take some time and invest in someone’s life.
3. Invite. Take the courageous step and invite someone to join you at RE.THINK Church. Taking this courageous step literally could change their life.
Let’s change the course of history by grasping one of the most powerful forces, the force of potential. The power of the invitation holds so much potential!
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At RE.THINK Church, we start with the Bible in order to determine what is true, right and accurate. If the Bible isn’t clear about a topic, we’ll see what church leaders throughout history have said. We move to logic and then our own personal experiences from there in order to determine what is true, right and accurate. With that in mind, we acknowledge there are several faith traditions that have different opinions about what communion is and what it isn’t. The Bible is our foundation for understanding this sacred meal. We want to be clear and help people understand communion.
We must acknowledge that Jesus was a Jewish man who practiced Judaism. One of the central events and practices of Judaism is Passover. This reminds the Jewish people that God freed them from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 1-13). Jesus gathered with his apostles in an upper room in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. The Passover Meal included a plate called a Seder plate that held very symbolic objects and meaning. The meal also involved 4 cups of wine each having their own symbolic meaning. For a more in depth explanation of the Seder Plate click here.
During a Passover celebration with his apostles Jesus issued in a new meal with a new meaning and a new purpose. See Matthew 26: 26-30, Mark 14, Luke 22 and John 13. Jesus’ sacrifice to pay for humanity’s sin was just around corner. During this familiar meal, Jesus spoke to his apostles. He took the bread and blessed it and broke it while saying “This is my body which is given for you”. He also took a cup of wine and said “This is my blood which is poured out as an offering for the forgiveness of sins”.
Jesus gave his followers instructions during this meal, First Jesus said, “Do this and when you do this, remember me and what I’m about to do”. Second, Jesus gave a new command, “Love one another”.
As one can imagine, this meal became a tradition whenever the people of the church gathered. In some places, it became an issue. So, leaders in the church’s early days had to give instructions and reminders. The church in Corinth was one that had some issues. Their leader, Paul, wrote a letter to them to further the instructions and bring clarity. We encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 11 on your own some time soon.
We want to point out one of the instructions Paul wrote about to the church in Corinth. Paul gives some of these instructions in I Corinthians 11:27-32. The instructions may seem a bit harsh, but they were meant to bring reverence back to the meal. Literally, people were getting drunk off of the communion wine. They were also just going through the motions when it came to communion. Paul’s instructions help us to evaluate ourselves and make sure that we are not just going through the motions or abusing the meal’s intention.
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