The Forgotten Ways: Communion

The Forgotten Ways

March 29, 2015

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Rachel Billups

COMMUNITY- n. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in COMMON.
The definition sounds ideal, but anyone who's ever been part of a group knows it's generally no handholding Kumbaya experience. True COMMUNITY is usually messy, often hard and typically frustrating. Is shared life even worth the hassle, we ask?
This weekend we'll travel back to the first COMMUNION to experience Jesus' original intention. Jesus' version held much more than passing the bread and cup to a nearby neighbor; rather, intentionally giving up individual power for God's greater purpose. Join us this weekend as we continue the journey to the cross together...


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Today's Focus

Luke 22:7-38 / Rachel Billups / March 28-29, 2015 

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The life and death of Jesus are proof that experiencing real community isn’t easy. It is not a handholding Kumbaya experience, but Jesus knew that true communion brings life, abundant life and he was willing to give his life for it and for us to experience communion with God and others. This week take an intimate look at the final days of Jesus’ life.  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.    
Day 1: Read Luke 22:7-38
Whom does Jesus invite to his table? Do they all want to be there? Whom is Jesus challenging you to invite to your table?   
Day 2: Read Luke 22:39-52
Jesus is getting ready to face the greatest challenge to his own communion with God. How does Jesus respond? What about the disciples? When you are faced with challenges that could sever you from your most important relationships, how do you typically respond? Like Jesus? Like the disciples?
Day 3: Read John 18:15-26
Why do you think Peter denies Jesus? Have you ever had a moment in your life, whether with words or actions, that you denied Jesus? What happened? How would you have responded differently today? 
Day 4: Read Matthew 27:11-26
What is Jesus’ response to Pilate? Have you ever been falsely accused of something you did not do? Imagine yourself in the crowd before Pilate. What do you think motivated the people to shout “crucify him, crucify him”?
Day 5: Read Luke 23:26-49
This is the darkest day in human history, and even on the cross Jesus brings words of comfort. Whom does Jesus speak to and why? What do these words tell us about God? About ourselves?  
Day 6: Luke 23:50-56
For many who followed Jesus, their dreams died right along with Jesus. Have you, like Joseph, ever buried a dream or ambition? 
Day 7: John 20:1-10
What happened on the first day of the week? The women were not expecting resurrection. Are you expecting God to resurrect something in your life, a relationship, a career, a passion or a dream? Ask God what needs resurrected in your life today.  

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Luke 22:7-38 / Rachel Billups / March 28-29, 2015 

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