*All-Church Potluck All-Church Potluck is coming up July 21st directly after service. Everyone is welcome to join in as we enjoy a meal together!
The main dishes will be provided. If you are able to contribute to the potluck, please, bring the following based on your last name:
*Men's Backpacking Trip (8/9-8/11) The Men's Ministry at Rainier Valley Church is putting together a backpacking trip on the coast. Ben Johnson is coordinating this trip. If you're interested coming, please respond to this e-mail or contact Ben Johnson directly.
*Men's Retreat - SAVE THE DATE (10/13-15) This year's Men's Retreat will be September 20th-22nd. Please save the date. More details coming soon! If you have questions about the retreat or men's ministry, please talk with Doug Foreman.
If you're interested in helping lead cooperate worship on Sunday mornings, please contact Pastor Nate Porter.
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Making Sense of Church "Eat - Communion"
Making Sense of Church sermon series has been designed to answer the practical questions about what the church is and why we're called to be an active part of a local church as Jesus-followers. Join us as we seek to discover what it means to love Jesus and be his people.
Making Sense of Church Week #6 (1 Cor 11:17-34) "Eat - Communion"
How is everyone doing this week? Anything important going on that you want to share or need to talk about? Any announcements that should be shared with the group? Would someone open our time in prayer?
If you could only eat one food what would it be? What’s your favorite restaurant in Seattle? What's your favorite fast food restaurant? What food did you hate as a kid but love now? What food did you hate as a kid and haven’t eaten since you’ve grown up?
As we come to the Lord's Table, we look outward in unity (11:17-22), Look backward in remembrance (11:23-25) look forward in anticipation (11:26) look inward in examination (11:27-34)
We Look Outward in Unity (11:17-22)
What is the problem in the church in Corinthian and how does it involve the Lord's Supper? Why does Paul go as far as to say that the Church isn't eating the Lord's Supper but their own supper? How is the Unity of God's people an essential aspect of the Lord's Supper? What ways can we make Communion individualistic in our own practice? How can we cultivate a deeper sense of unity with one another as we approach the table? (Reconciling, apologizing, forgiving, receiving the elements together, praying for one another, etc)
We Look Backward in Remembrance (11:23-25)
What is the connection between Passover and the Lord's Supper? What does it mean to you that the bread represent Jesus body and what do you think about as you take of the bread and dip it in the cup? Jesus says his body was given for us, how does Jesus substitute himself in our place? Jesus says the cup represents the New Covenant, what is the New Covenant and why does it matter? Why is remembering such an important part of the Christian life? What do you tend to remember as you partake in the bread and the cup?
We Look Forward in Anticipation (11:26)
At the end of the Passover meal, God's people would say, "next year in Jerusalem" as they anticipated the promise of a return from exile. What does Jesus want us to anticipate as we partake in the Lord's Supper? How does it change your thinking to move from merely thinking of Heaven as a city in the clouds to heaven as the wedding supper of the lamb, the fulfillment of all our hopes, the ever increasing joy of being in God's presence?
We Look Inward in Examination (11:27-34)
How were the Corinthians taking the bread and cup in an unworthy manner? How might we partake in the bread and cup in an unworthy manner? How do you practice self-examination before receiving communion? Are they questions you ask yourself? Does the Holy Spirit bring things to mind? The purpose of self-examination isn't guilt but conviction, trust, and hope, what is the difference between those two outcomes? How does communion have both a gravity and a goodness to it?
How can we pray for each other this week? Are they any practical needs anyone has? What's one thing we can do to encourage each other this week?