The question of the morning: Why do we fight with others…especially with those closest to us….?
Let me suggest a definition for you: Peace – I am free from anxiety and quarrelsome behavior because things are right between God, others, and myself.
James asks the question, “What causes fights and quarrels among you?”
His answer: “You want what you can’t obtain.”
What are some things that we want?
Strategies we use for fighting.
Strategy #1: The Bomb.
Strategy #2: Hand-to-Hand Combat.
Strategy #3: Boycott.
Strategy #4: Calling in Supporting Troops.
Strategy #5: Calling on a Higher Power.
James gives us five cures for the fighting and quarreling.
Principle #1: Give yourself over to God’s desires. (James 4:7) (Ephesians 5:21-33)
Principle #2: Stay clear of the devil. (James 4:7)
Principle #3: Come near to God. (James 4:8-9)
Principle #4: Humble yourself before God. (James 4:10)
Principle #5: Stop playing God—or the Devil. (James 4:11-12)
On this Palm Sunday we ponder the sacrament of communion.
What Jesus Wants Us To Remember (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
Communion is an act of worship and remembrance. That doesn’t mean it can’t be celebrated with joy, with a smile on your face. It just means it was never meant to be treated casually or with a lack of reverence, “Oh yeah, we ought to take communion.” But things had deteriorated at Corinth. Human nature, I guess. So let me walk you through briefly through this passage, and wrestle with what happened, what God intended us to understand through Paul’s words, and what we need to do.
Communion should be a celebration of our unity in Christ(our esteem for one another) That was not happening in Corinth. (vv. 17-22) Communionproclaims the gospel of Christ. (vv. 23-26) Communion should spur us to examine our love for others. (vv. 28-29) Communion reminds us that we are not alone. (v. 33)
What do you need to remember (do) this morning?
1. The depth of the Savior’s love
2. All in this together (Just as much as you hope that Christ will meet with you in a powerful way, you hope and pray that God will powerfully meet with everyone surrounding you today too.
3. Examine yourself as to whether you are sinning in any way against your brothers and sisters in Christ?
4. Reflect on the fact that you are not alone (host is inviting you to draw near?
5. If you have never received Jesus as the forgiver of your sins and the Lord of your life, you could do that right now, today.