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July 7th Sermon & Devotionals

Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

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Why Communion? | You Asked For It Week 4

Day 1: The Real Presence of Christ

Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Devotional: As we begin this journey, let's reflect on the mystery of Christ's presence in communion. Just as the Methodists recognize that Jesus is truly present in this sacrament, we too can approach the table with reverence and awe. Today, consider how you experience Christ's presence in your daily life. How might you open your heart more fully to His real presence, not just in communion, but in every moment? Pray for a deeper awareness of Christ with you always.

Day 2: A Means of Grace

Reading: James 4:6-10

Devotional: Communion is described as a "means of grace" - a channel through which God pours His unmerited favor into our lives. As you read today's passage, reflect on the various ways God extends His grace to you. How does participating in communion open you to receiving more of God's grace? Consider areas in your life where you need God's grace most urgently, and approach Him with humility, knowing He gives grace generously to the humble.

Day 3: Remembering and Honoring

Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 11-14

Devotional: When Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me," He wasn't just asking us to recall a past event. He was inviting us to recognize His ongoing presence and work in our lives. Today's reading reminds us of the importance of remembering God's faithfulness. How can you cultivate a spirit of remembrance in your daily life? Reflect on specific ways God has been faithful to you, and consider how this remembrance can strengthen your faith for current challenges.

Day 4: The Body of Christ - Unity in Diversity

Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Devotional: Paul's teachings on the body of Christ remind us that communion is not just about our individual relationship with God, but our connection to the entire community of believers. As you read today's passage, consider how you view and treat others in the body of Christ. Are there ways you've neglected or devalued certain members? Pray for a heart that honors the diversity within the church and seeks to build unity across all divisions.

Day 5: An Invitation to the Lord's Table

Reading: Luke 14:15-24

Devotional: Our communion liturgy begins with an invitation - not to our table, but to the Lord's table. This parable reminds us of God's generous invitation and the importance of our response. Reflect on how you've responded to God's invitations in your life. Are there areas where you've made excuses or delayed accepting His call? Today, consider what it means to fully accept the invitation to communion with Christ, not just in the sacrament, but in every aspect of your life. Pray for a heart that eagerly responds to God's invitations.

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