Communion is such an important but extremely underutilized practice in the Body of Christ. In the first episode of this subcast of The Warrior's Cry, I talk about my experience with it and why it is so important. Tell me what you think.
This episode features myself interviewing Drew Koehler from all the way in Washington State, He hosts The Dirty Christian Podcast, and curates The Dirty Christian Facebook Page, among other things. See About Our Guests page to see more about how to stay up to date with Drew.
This week I interview Pastor Steve McCranie, Pastor of Church Without Walls in Gastonia, NC. He also has the website, www.leavinglaodicea.com, and a podcast of the same name. I encourage you to listen to his stuff, it is wonderful.
The true Church is not measured by the denomination you claim to be a member of, nor the building in which you inhabit. The True Church is measured by who you are. Who do you identify with? Do you identify as Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist? Or do you identify as Christ, who set aside His place in Heaven at the Right Hand of the Father? Who lowered Himself to our level as a servant, not as a King, but as nothing to shame the things that set themselves up as something. My identity is Christ, as I am in Him, He is in me, and you. Let not your theology keep you from the one Minded mission that is God's. To Love Him with Everything, and then to Love our Neighbor as He would. That is the Good News, That is the True Church.
I wrote this blog on my Facebook Page on September 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM. I spoke about this during Episode 1: Pastor Nick Honerkamp, and the most fascinating thing was that God tested my thoughts on this soon after I published. Shockingly it has been a little less than 6 years ago, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Two Jehovah's Witness women knocked on my door within 10 minutes of my posting this to The Warrior's Cry Facebook page.
Love is the greatest weapon of all simply because who can criticize when you have love? Who can ridicule you when you have an open heart that shows the love of Christ?
Didn't Christ hang out with the prostitute? Did he criticize their life choices or nag them into change? No, He loved them, showed them the love of God, fed them, clothed them, then he told them to go and sin no more.
The Church seems fascinated by formulas so here is a formula. God will never give us an opportunity to change someone unless we first love them. First comes love, then comes repentance, without love the turning from sin is simply hollow.
Foundational Verse: 1 Corinthians:10-13 Read from New American Standard which is copyrighted by the Lockman Foundation.
Guest: Pastor Nick Honerkamp, Pastor of New Covenant Church in Clyde, NC