Pastor Matt and Beka Roller
A Message from MATT
As a kid growing up, I always loved it when we had communion services because of the cup stacking competitions that would take place after the service. Back then our attendance numbered a few thousand and the kids of the church loved to collect all of the empty juice cups that were left over and stack them as high as we could. Most of the time we would stack them so high that they would topple over and then we would have to start all over again. I don’t know if I ever had the highest stack of cups but nonetheless it was always a blast and when I see kids do it these days it gets me feeling a little nostalgic.
It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I realized that communion was more than just stacking cups! I realized that communion was a representation of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ and that we were to partake of it while remembering Christ’s sacrifice. I also began to understand that communion was also a proclamation! By taking part in the “Lord’s Supper” I was proclaiming that I am a believer in Jesus Christ! Not just a believer of Jesus Christ, but a believer in Jesus Christ!
I believe that communion is an ordinance of the church that we need to adhere today! I don’t believe that we need to do it on a weekly basis, but when we do have it we all need to come together and put our focus on its message…that Christ’s body was broken and blood shed for the remission of sins and without His sacrifice we would be lost. Today as we take communion, let us focus on Christ and His sacrifice! May we also ask the Lord to search our hearts to see if there is anything that needs to be confessed and repented of before we take the bread and the cup. Communion – It was important to Christ and it should be important to us as well!
Pastor of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple
1Co 11:23-26 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in rembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.