by Jeff A. Jenkins
It has been a genuine privilege for me to be associated this week with around sixty young men who are between fifteen years of age and college age. We have been involved in serious Bible study.
They have learned to prepare and preach sermons. At the beginning of the week we asked them to stand, state their name, where they are from, and what they hoped to gain from this week. Some of them struggled with this simple task.
By the end of the week each of the young men preached their sermons and each of them did an outstanding job. They had studied their text, prepared the lesson, and each of them delivered a Biblical, practical sermon. It was thrilling to watch them grow during the week.
When we gather around the Table of our Lord each week it provides a marvelous opportunity for us to grow. All Christians understand that our Lord desires that we grow (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).
When we read from scripture how Jesus suffered, died, and was raised for us, it helps us grow. When we bow our heads in prayer and draw near to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16), it encourages growth.
When we understand that communion is a time of fellowship with Christians in the local church as well as God’s people around the world, we can grow (Acts 2:42).
The knowledge that we are encouraging one another to love and to involve ourselves in good works, we will grow (Hebrews 10:25).
Growth is vitally important to our walk with God. May God help all of us to look at the communion as a time of Spiritual growth.
Dear Father, as we gather around the table of our savior, help us to understand the importance of growing in our walk with you. Help us to grow in our faith, in our love, and in our relationship with you, as well as our relationship with Christians around the world.
by Jeff A. Jenkins