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Communion

Communion

Do you take communion seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. Even in the days of the apostles, there were some who approached the Lord’s Supper in an unprepared and unworthy manner. This not only prevented them from enjoying full communion with Christ, but some even became sick and died as a result.

While the Bible clearly states this somber fact, it seems that most Christians have chosen to avoid such uncomfortable thoughts.  Many continue to approach the Lord’s Supper in a casual and even nonchalant manner, rather than with humble hearts and godly fear.

God calls you to take communion seriously:

“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)


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Prayer

Prayer

Do you take prayer seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most will perhaps ‘say their prayers’ before dinner or before bed, it seems that few (if any) spend significant and soul-searching time with the Lord in prayer.

If more Christians did seek the Lord’s face daily in prayer, they would not only feel God’s comforting presence, but also be filled with emotional peace and spiritual power as they face their daily trials, temptations, crosses and losses.

God calls you to take prayer seriously:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)


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Fasting

Fasting

Do you take fasting seriously?

Many professing Christians do not.  While many will indeed make a few dietary adjustments during the lenten season in obedience to their church, it seems that few engage in voluntary seasons of serious self-denial and intense prayer.

If more Christians did take fasting seriously, their prayers would be more fervent and efficacious, their bodies would be more healthy and lean, and the kingdom of God would exercise greater authority and power on the earth.

God calls you to take fasting seriously:

For after Jesus’ disciples asked him about the weakness of their ministry, he explained, “Because of your unbelief; assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind [of demon] does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matt. 17:20-21)


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Fellowship

Fellowship

Do you take fellowship seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed “hang around” for a few minutes after worship or even visit a fellow church member on occasion, the concept of fellowship has been largely lost in our self-serving, oft-isolated, and radically-individualistic culture.

If more Christians realized that they were truly in fellowship with one another as members of the same body, they would spend more time together and cooperate together as each member does its share in the work of ministry; thereby enabling the body to grow up in all things.

God calls you to take fellowship seriously:

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)


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Church

Church

Do you take church seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed acknowledge a place for church in their busy lives, it seems that few regard the visible church as the earthly and institutional manifestation of the spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If more Christians did take the church seriously, they would not only honor its ministry, oracles, ordinances, and officers; but they would also enable the church to grow through their commitment to and cooperation in the work of ministry.

God calls you to take the church seriously:

For Jesus promised, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…” and proved it by ascending “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come… to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Matt. 16:18 and Eph. 2:21-23)


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