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The Cost of Communion

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Considering what it means to approach the Lord's Table.

Text: Luke 6:46
Date: 06/15/2022, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 64

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After poignantly establishing that souls are either good or evil, and that their nature can be determined by their fruit-- Jesus addresses the idea of hypocrisy. His probing question unmasks the hypocrites who would present themselves as disciples, but fail to prove it through absolute obedience. Although Jesus is speaking of discipleship in general, on this Communion Sunday we will discuss this vital concept in the light of those who approach the Lord's Table. We will ask questions like: "What does this sacrament actually mean?" and "What are those who take it professing about their relationship with Jesus?" Ultimately, we will find that just as there is a cost to discipleship, there is also a cost of Communion. In other words, this sacrament, designed exclusively for Jesus' disciples, must only be taken by those who can truly say, "Lord, Lord"!

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 6:46.
A. Context
B. The cost of discipleship.
1. Addressing the Lord, vs. 46a.
a. Discerning the meaning of "Lord".
i. Looking at the Old Testament.
ii. Looking at the New Testament.
• An integrated sermon.
• The nature of the Kingdom-dweller, Luke 6:22-23.
• Humanly impossible standards.
• The Divine Teacher, Luke 6:40.
• The Cornerstone of the Kingdom, Isa. 28:16.
b. Discerning the meaning of "Lord, Lord".
i. A sign of intimacy, Gen. 22:11, Ex. 3:4, Luke 10:41, Acts 9:4.
ii. A sign of allegiance.
2. The question concerning obedience, vs. 46b.
a. Revisiting the context, Luke 6:45, Rom. 3:10-12, John 3:3.
b. What of the same words from different souls?
c. Telling the difference, John 8:42, 14:15,23-24, Mark 7:6-9.
d. Matthew's parallel, Matt. 7:21-23.
III. Application
A. Revisiting the opening question.
B. Learning from the Corinthians, 1Cor. 11:17-30.
C. Who should not take the sacrament.
D. The Cost of Communion, Luke 9:23, 14:27-28.
IV. Conclusion: An invitation to all who can say, "Lord, Lord"!

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