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  1. Q4. (Revelation 22:4) When you meditate on "seeing his face," what thoughts come to mind? Why should the Lord's Supper stimulate these thoughts every time we partake of it? When I meditate on " Seeing His face " the thoughts that come to mind are that it will be a great bright face and that we will be out of pain and worry and that there will be prefect peace when we see his face. We will not need light he will be the light for us. The earth will be gone as we know it and it is really something I cannot imagine well because it will be his spiritual face. and that is not something I can reallly imagine. but i can imagine it like a dream. The Lords supper should stimulate these thoughts because it was and is a rememberance of the last supper but is a fore runner of the Wedding feast so both of these feasts should come to mind and make the lord's supper a very special time fulfillment of past and encouragement for now and dream or hope for the future with Jesus.
  2. In what sense is the Lord's Supper point to the past? How does it point to the present? How does it point to the future? The lord's supper is looked on as the fulfillment of the Last supper . It points to the fact that we are fulfilling Jesus's command " do this in rememberance of me. The Lord's supper points to now because we are told in Hebrews and other verses of the bible to meet together and not forsake the gathering together to support and encourage each other and build faith community together. support those in need and praise God together as one. The Lords' supper looks or points to the future because it is in the future that those who are found faithfull will join together in the Wedding feast of the Lamb and be with Jesus as his kingdom comes to fulfillment spiritually in this great feast.
  3. Q2. (Luke 22:16) In what sense does the Lord's Supper find its "fulfillment" in the Great Banquet at the end of the age? What should this do to our thoughts at the Lord's Table? The Lord's supper finds it's fulfillment in the (Supper of the Lamb ) or Great feast of the Lamb eschatological terms in fulfillment the New heavens and new Earth and this banquet will be the final fulfillment of what Jesus came and died for earth and all will have passed away and all of those who belong to Jesus will be together for this great feast and will forever be united in the fulfillment of his teaching's the kingdom will have come and all can praise and rejoice that are present. This should add a demension to our thoughts at the Lords supper not only as thinking of the Lords supper as a rememberance of what was... but a dream of what will be in the Wedding feast of the lamb.....
  4. Q1. Why are so many of Jesus' teachings oriented toward the future? What kinds of associations come to mind as you think of the Great Banquet? Jesus's teachings are mostly oriented to the future because his kingdom is not of this world. what he is preparing us for is a heavenly kingdom and the Weding feast of the Lamb and the New heavens and New earth are future occurrances to happen in the future. I associate the great banquet with many of Jesus's parable about banquets and with the parable of the man that went to Abraham's boosom and the rich man that did not and dies and goes to hades. I imagine all of the prophets, and judges and kings and the people who died before us and those raised in the rapture will all join together in this feast.... and be worshiping Jesus and joining together in the table of communion together as the new covenant is completed and now after this banquet Jesus will rule and reign in the new heavens and new earth along side God the father. I see a great and long lasting praising feast !!!
  5. Q4. How does "eating the Bread of Life" (to use Jesus' metaphor in John 6) nourish our faith? How does partaking of the Lord's Supper build and nourish our faith? What does the main point of the Bread of Life discourse (John 6:25-69) have in common with "Do this in remembrance of me," in Jesus' Words of Institution (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)? Jesus's metaphore " eating the bread of Life " is a metaphore meaning ( acquiring eternal life ) Our faith is nourished in the fact of knowing that partaking the bread of life is an action we can do along with other christians to practice together and shows our belief in his promise of Eternal Life for those who continue in that practice. Partaking in the Lords supper builds and nourishes our faith because together we and the others who partake with us are demonstrating to each other that this practice and repetition of it is our way of uniting together to do what he said obey him and thus building up each others faith in the result eternal life will come to us. The main point of the bread of Life discorse is the fact that we will have eternal life if we break bread together in rememberance of him. and the words Do this in rememberance of me spoken reinforce the main point of eternal life that he says the bread of life stands for. So that breaking bread and doing the breaking of bread in remembering Jesus's death and resurrection are common elements of both and they are a sign for us that eternal life is not only offered to us for continuing in this practice that thgether we can build each other's faith us in doing it together.
  6. (John 6:53-71) If to eat Jesus' flesh and drink his blood is a strong expression for "to believe," why does Jesus emphasize this so strongly? What was the difference between the Twelve and the crowd of "disciples" that turned away from Jesus? What is the mark of true disciples according to John 8:31-32? Yes this was a strong expression.... and it was revulsive to these people because they abhored the practice of canabalism .... and all. But I think the key word is Continued Those in the crowd that were revulsed did not continue in his presence , quit and ran and they could have questioned him further and found out the deeper meaning before running and leaving and quiting following him. The real disciples stayed and questioned him and learned deeper truths and believed after getting things straight in their head they may have also been repulsed but asked and sought from him the truth of his saying. To remain with him continue in his teaching is the key word stay with continue with hem...that is the diffrence between the 12 and the crowd that dissappeared ......
  7. . (John 6:51b) What is Jesus referring to when he says, "This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world"? What similarities do you see with Jesus' teaching at the Last Supper in Luke 22:19b? When Jesus says, "This bread is my flesh,which I will give for the life of the world. " He is saying the same thing as in the quot of the Bread of life teaching except that I feel here he is personalizing it more and he is with the disciples he has taught all along and they are aware of the old testament teachings on covenant so he is spelling out for them this is personal and it will happen soon and then this teaching tonight and for time after will be meaningfull to you... I am giving my body literally and soon enough you will know it. It was symbolic yes but the symbolic was becoming from that supper on reality that he was personally involved in and it is similar with the luke 22 :19 ... but very much more personal to these His disciples.
  8. Q1. (John 6:35-51) What does the metaphor of "eating the Bread of Life" mean in practical terms? To extend the same metaphor, what do you think might be the difference between nibbling and actually making a meal of it? "Eating the Bread of Life." means as a metaphore.... we will live forever. eternal life for us. Just nibblling is troublesome for me because when you partake in taking the bread of life you takie only a small portion but that is normal, in communion services. and when doing that you are participating fully in this so if done infaith and worthily you are not just nibbling you are partaking. I can only think that nibbling in the spiritual sense would be someone that partakes of the sacrament or Lord's supper and does not fully believe and has doubts or sin and is unworthily taking part. Then they would be experiencing only nibbles of what could be theirs if they repent , believe and partake fully ??? You have really got me stumped with this question because I don't think I am quite right on this answer
  9. Q4. (1 Corinthians 10:17) How does Paul's teaching on the One Loaf affect our relationships and love for those of other Christian denominations and traditions? How does blanket judgmentalism towards the faith of other Christian groups sometimes seem to excuse us from Jesus' command to love one another? I feel that it affects our relationship with other denominations the same as with each other in one church! When we share the one loaf we are to be in unity or in right relationship with others. Even if we don't agree with everything another church believes we can " agree to disagree " with them and we know that as long as they are basically christian and Love Jesus we must love them and we do not carry hard or hatred twords them. We must love them as Jesus loves them and hope they some day see things diffrently in the theological or other diffrence we have is not important to love I will go even further to like mormon or other faith's that we do not share. We can disagree and even hate what they teach or believe but God wants us to love them as persons. We don't have to fellowship with them but do have to treat them with love and respect as persons. When we have to rub sholders with them in public and in work etc.... God made them and we need to loveingly respect them. God will not tolerate us coming to his table and celebrating with hate or anger in our hearts against anyone. We disagree with what they stand for but need to love and pray for them that someday they will come to the truth.
  10. In what ways do the divisions in Corinth sound familiar in our own congregations? Don't pick on another congregation; how about your own? How serious was the need for unity? Can bickering congregations partake of the Lord's Supper without sin? I must say I have to be carefull with this answer. Bickering congregations and I have not been in a church that does not have bickering once in a while. It is up to the members if they can partake of the Lords supper without sin and really it is up to each individual in that church. If they come together and stop the bickering and forgive each other in their hearts and with words of assurance to the others with whom they are bickering they could. But if the bickering is still going on no I do not believe that they can celebrate the Lords supper without sin. there must be forgiveness and unity before such an event can happen. So Guess my answer is no.... as long as there is bickering and disunity.
  11. Q2. Read Mark 11:25 and Matthew 5:23-24. How do these relate to Paul's teaching on the One Loaf (1 Corinthians 10:17)? What must we personally do to achieve unity to prepare ourselves to partake of the Lord's Supper righteously? Mark 11:25 and Mathew 5:23-24 both speak of us as sinners rectifying our hearts and lives and riding ourselves of wrongs we have done or what we may have against others. We are to get our hearts right before we can approach worship or the Lords' table . once our hearts are right with God then we can be in unity with other beliveves who gather to celebrate the breaking or the one loaf and the sharring of the cup. then once forgiven we have his righteousnes in us and we partake righteously of the Lord's supper. :
  12. [/color]Q1. (1 Corinthians 10:16). What does the "cup of blessing" teach us about our focus at the Lord's Supper? Who is to be blessed when the "cup of blessing" is lifted heavenward? The "cup of blessing " tells us that the focus of the Lords supper should be on the cup and whom the cup represents. The blessing is not for ourselves that we may be blessed but that the one the cup represents is to be blessed by our words and prayers and we offer praise and glory to the one the cup represents. When the cup of blessing is offered up Jesus Gods son and god are to be praised and blessed for the cup represents Jesus dying and offering his blood a sacrifice for us He "Jesus " and his father God are to be blessed and praised when the cup is offered up because God gave his son Jesus to be sacrificed and offered up and Jesus cooperated and offered his body a Living sacrifice for us that we may be saved. They are to be blessed !
  13. Q4. Why is the Lord's Table such a time of intimate fellowship with Jesus? In your experience with having meals with friends, what makes the difference between a casual, forgettable meal, and one which is rich with memories? How can this insight make your experience of the Lord's Table more meaningful? The Lord's Table is a time of intimate fellowship with Jesus " I believe " because he says in several Scriputres as the ones in our text book . Psalms 23:5 and Revelations 3:20 that he will be with us when we celebrate his table. and Matthew 'Says that "Whenever two or three of you are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of you." (Matthew 18:20.) The diffrence between casual forgettable meals and meals rich in memories is that those that we remember as being rich in memory are meals where something special happens either a special gift is given or recieved. Birthdays, anniversaries etc... or where special words are exchanged as proposals, and words of forgiveness as when making up with friends, or where special events or trips are shared with others as when someone shows a film of a trip or special event after a meal Where there is a special food made and sharred. Something happens out of the ordinary to peak the interest of those around the table. This insight can make the Lord's Table more meaningfull in that if we celebrate the Lords table in a way that we are reminded of the special events and words that were sharred on that night and we do something special in our service to remember these words and actions of Jesus and his diciples And not make it mundane.... then we are more than likely to put more meaning to the event. Special altar coverings, special music, a few special words from a speaker... Sharing as families in groups , sharing with a loaf of bread baked by someone, any thing to make it diffrent each time. We celebrate together as a church family.
  14. Q3. What is the significance of the 12 Apostles drinking the Cup of the Covenant? To whom would they correspond under the ratification of the Old Covenant? (Hint: Exodus 24:11.) What is the significance of us drinking the Cup of the Covenant? The significance of the 12 apostles drinking the Cup of the Covenant. Is that in the OT and thru out scripture people ratified covenants by drinking and eating with eachother a solom meal. This showed that thru drinking and eat ing they were in accord with the covenant . The 12 apostles would correspond with the 70 Elders that went up with Moses on the mountain and ate and drank with God in ratifing the second set of commandmenta that He had given them of the Law. The significance of us drinking the Cup of the covenant is in obedience to Christ at the last supper meal. He said to Eat this bread and drink this cup in rememberance of Him as He was instituting the new covenant with God and Man. And We are doing it in rememberance of What he did for us Dying on the cross for our sins. It is obedience and memory of the New Covenant.
  15. Q2. (Jeremiah 31:31-34) How does the promised New Covenant differ from the Old Covenant? What are the promises God makes in the New Covenant? What are our responsibilities under the New Covenant? The promise of the new covenant differs from the promise of the old covenant in that the to keep the old covenant was external it was dependent on men's will and dicipline to keep it and we men are flawed and do not do well at dicipline and will power in keeping the law etc... sin is easire at times. The new covenant is internalized and we are given the Holy spirit to help us keep the new covenant. It is written ou our hearts and minds and we are given power once the H> Spirit is in us to keep the ourselves in touch with christ and in obedience to faith and trust in God. The promises God makes in the new covenant are Salvation; Eternal Life; Forgiveness of our sins thru the death of his son. and the provision of the Holy Spirit in us to strengthen us to keep us in Christ. Our responsibilities are Trust in God; Faith in God; Belief that Jesus was God in Flesh.
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