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What Is Communion? – Full Sermon

By Christian Fellowship / November 11, 2018

It has been said – Man is what he eats. God created man as a hungry being. The question we ask today is – What are we hungry for?

Jesus says in John 6:33 – ‘For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’
John 6:34 – give us this bread always.

Alexander Schmemman said, “Original sin is not that man disobeyed God. God created us to be hungry for Him and for Him alone. Original sin is that we ceased to be hungry for God.”

God gave mankind the raw materials of His creation and said be fruitful with it. Our task was to transform the raw material and fill it with meaning, spirit and the life of God.

When mankind shifted his hunger from God, mankind went into exile. A wall of separation came between God and man.
Man and all creation were here, and God was there.

And from this original sin, instead of living generously,
man lives selfishly. Instead of seeing the abundance of God,
man can only see scarcity.

Mankind never has enough. Man is never satisfied. Man has been hungering throughout time, but he knows not what for. Each of us has a hunger.

When Christ came he was the promise of the Father to meet our hunger.
John 6:35 – he who comes to me shall never hunger nor thirst.

The Lord’s Supper, Communion, The Eucharist is a sacrament. What is a sacrament? – A sacrament is an outward sign of grace. It is not a sign of what we do for God. It is a sign and a seal of what God has done for us. Eat my flesh, drink my blood is a full-on, radical expression of grace:

John 6:37 – the one who comes to me I will in no way cast out.
John 6:40 – everyone who believes in [me] may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6:51 – if anyone eats this bread he will live forever
John 6:54 – whoever eats my flesh has eternal life
John 6:56 – he who eats my flesh abides in me and I in him.
John 6:57 – he who feeds on me will live because of me.

All these words are grace unearned, unmerited, unlimited.

A sacrament is a transformation into new life and new creation.
It is a passage into the kingdom of God.

Jesus is Life itself. – Life with a capital ‘L.’
He is the Life of all life. All things animate or inanimate and all tasks have their life in Christ.

Paul says – for the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. The whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
He makes it sound as though inanimate life has life in it.

There is a humorous story of a woman who attended a Catholic Mass with her boyfriend. She did not understand the ritual. But after communion, she burst out:
‘Look, the priest is doing the dishes!’ He’s washing the plates and cups, rinsing them, and wiping them dry. This very symbolic and powerful expression of faith suddenly had a very domestic look. – Jesus is the Life of all life.

One guy talked about when, as a kid, he would look at the parade of people who would come forward for communion – what a hodge-podge of people.

Communion is to see the parade of the Body of Christ coming to Him. It is to see not a sameness, but to see how different we are.
Men and women, young and old, wealthy and poor, educated and uneducated. There are no insiders in the line, none who are deserving. It is not the spiritual ones first or the mature ones first.

The Lord’s Supper is a grace-filled community event. We come together not by our sameness. We come together not because we judge or condemn the same groups. We come together not because we are all conservative Republicans or liberal Democrats. We come together not because of common politics, or common class, or common skin color, or anything else that separates us
or puts us above another in our own mind.

We come together because Christ defines our life, gives life, makes us see life not from the lens of this world,
but through the lens of His person.

We are not a brother or sister because we agree about everything. We are brother and sister because Christ has brought us to Himself.

The church looks distinctive from the institutions that man builds because it is what Christ is building. The church is not a group that is for itself and against the world. The church lays down its life for the life of the world. Unless we are doing that, we are just playing religion.

When the church celebrates this sacrament of communion it becomes a sacrament itself. The church becomes the passage, the transformation, the outward sign into the Kingdom of God.
The church becomes this picture of grace.

When we eat we have eternal life, will be raised up on the last day, will not be cast out, have Christ abiding in us and us in Him.

Man is what he eats.
Let us eat his flesh and drink his blood, for it is true food and true drink.

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Who Controls My Life? – Full Sermon

By Christian Fellowship / November 4, 2018

John tells us that “no man ever spoke like this Man.” A man who was merely a man and said the sorts of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. Either this man was and is the Son of God, or he is a madman.

We hear Jesus make incredible statements such as declaring himself sinless, saying “I am the Bread of Life,” telling Nicodemus “You must be born again,” and telling the lame man to “Take up your bed and walk.” Jesus does not intend to frustrate us with statements like these. He intends to draw faith out of us, provoke faith in us; and get us out of ourselves.

Our entire existence hangs in the balance of our relationship to Him. He uses discomforts to bring us out of ourselves into relationship with Him. The only true security is in having no security in ourselves.

Like it or not, agree with it or not, Jesus is drawing all people to Himself for He is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega. All things are consummated in Him.

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Religion vs. Life in Jesus – Full Sermon

By Christian Fellowship / October 28, 2018

Christianity at its core is the end of all religion. In this sermon, Pastor Phil Schaefer teachers on the difference of religion and having life in Jesus.

Religion is man making himself just in the eyes of God. But in Christ, God became a man. In Christ, God and man are united. There is no longer a need for religion because Jesus has made us just in God’s eyes. Jesus has given us life! Thus, Christianity is a new life, not a new religion.

Religion is this: any way that we are keeping record of our merits. Everyone starts this way. Every one of us is born religious. You want to get ‘it’ right. It’s the only way we can understand in our early years. It is not Jesus who condemns us. It is religion that makes us feel condemned. But Jesus Christ is the end of all religion because He Himself was the ANSWER to all religion. Jesus is God’s answer for making us not only right with God but also one with God.

God calls us to do the same work that the Father and Son have been doing since the beginning: to be life, to be a light, to give our lives. Put simply, we are to be a blessing, to bring a blessing wherever we find ourselves. We do good not to gain eternal life but because we have eternal life. Our work or vocation is not to escape; it is to orient ourselves to new life even as we live in this world of sin.

The very essence of Christianity is that man is incapable. There’s the story of the lame man in John 5. Jesus asks the lame man if he wants to get well, and the man replies with an excuse. The lame man doesn’t answer the question. Jesus responds with a command: “Get up!”

This is not just a healing. This is an account of fallen mankind and our inability to heal ourselves. It is an account of the Gospel itself! Pastor Phil believes that this is a prophetic word for someone this morning. For someone who has wallowed in their crippledness for years, the Spirit is saying, “Get up!” Pick up what you’ve been lying upon these years. Stop letting it carry you. You roll it up. Start walking into the new life that Jesus has called you into.

Jesus did not come to help us a little bit. He came to give us new life. His life. Life in Him. But we must be willing to come to Him to have this life. For through the cross, joy came into the whole world. This joy does not depend on anything to us. It is the joy of God’s gift of Himself to us. It is the joy of forgiveness or being called a saint, of God’s grace abundantly and freely given, of getting to be an instrument in God’s hand, of God’s seeking after us, of the Holy Spirit as a seal and promise of God.

This is a joy given to us for the world. Christ dies for the world. He came for this world. He came not to give us an escape from it but to bring life and hope to it. All human achievement is leveled thru Jesus’s death. Christianity is about the achievement of the cross. We worship a crucified man who is also the giver of life.

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How to Grow In Your Faith | Full Sermon

By Christian Fellowship / March 11, 2018

Continuing in the series: Revelation & Mystery in the Gospel of John, Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches from John 20: 30 -31. Did you know John lists 9 signs or miracles of Jesus? John picked these signs to so that we might believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and Pastor Phil helps us understand what each of these signs can teach us.

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Who Does God love? | Full Sermon

By Christian Fellowship / March 4, 2018

Does God love the people you don’t like? Do you only love other people when they become a Christian?Would you lay down your life for a Muslim? A bi-sexual? A Democrat? A Republican? An illegal immigrant? An addict? A God mocker? All this asks the question: Who does God love? Watch for the answer.

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Religion and The Gospel | Full Sermon

By Christian Fellowship / February 25, 2018

Are you frustrated with God? Then keep watching.

Pastor Phil Schaefer asks the question: What is religion? Ultimately, religion is what God does for God, but religion is ultimately, religion, what we do for God, is never enough. So, where does that leave us? God has to do with something for us, and Pastor Phil explains in today’s sermon.

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All Who Put Their Trust in Christ – Full Sermon

By Christian Fellowship / October 10, 2017

What do the Protestant Reformation, an event that happened 500 years ago, and Martin Luther have to do with us today? Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches us that Luther understood that we can’t truly be good on our own merits. We can’t even believe in God on our own strength; so, how is this good news?

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