The Purpose of Communion

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Re: The Purpose of Communion

Postby Sudsy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:29 am

'Let a man examine himself' - yes, I need to examine my attitude toward those who disagree with me as we only know in part.

It is sometimes hard to express what I am convinced to be a truth when others see things differently. “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Something for me to keep working on.
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Re: The Purpose of Communion

Postby gcdonner » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:38 am

Ignorance is bliss?
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Re: The Purpose of Communion

Postby Sudsy » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:20 pm

Bootstrap wrote:
Valerie wrote:Does anyone claim to be infallible about conclusions that have been drawn regarding Communion and the passages that we are left with to try to discern?


Not me.

One of the purposes of communion is to stop debating theology, decide to be one in Jesus Christ, and serve each other by washing each other's feet. No infallibility required.


Regarding the foot washing part, I think what Jesus was demonstrating was an example that those who want to be great in God's eyes must allow themselves to be less in the eyes of man. Normally, a lowly servant, in man's eyes, would wash the feet of someone not so lowly. We should, as Philippians 2:3 says, in humility esteem others better than ourselves as we serve them. Jesus used an example from the culture and practise of that day to make His point. I wonder today how many that do this practise have the same sense of doing a lowly serving when we do not have this today as a lowly serving practise to compare to.

I do agree that the unity in Christ and lowly attitude toward one another reflected in love and serving are purposes along with the remembrance of Christ's death.

I was raised in a monthly communion service and a once a year foot washing ceremony where few attended. From the stories I heard, the foot washing was more of an 'obedient fun ceremony'. If that was the case, the point was likely missed. Sounded like the attitude in this also needed self examination.
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