A Four-Part Harmony of Grace (Luke 17:1-10)

Speaker: Rev. Jon Herr
Date: 10/6/2019
Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Forgiveness
Price: FREE

Communion Meditation:

A Gracious Church Guards Others From Temptation. It Rebukes, Repents, and Forgives. It is Full of Faith. And yet a Gracious Church is not a gracious church because of its own grace.

A gracious church has been motivated and enlivened by the grace of God in Jesus Christ. And nothing shows this to us, and communicates this to us, and makes us partakers of this grace in quite the same way that the Lord’s Supper does.

The Heidelberg Catechism [Q79] tells us this: Christ “wants to teach us by His supper that as bread and wine sustain us in this temporal life, so His crucified body and shed blood are true food and drink for our souls to eternal life. But, even more important, He wants to assure us by this visible sign and pledge, first, that through the working of the Holy Spirit we share in His true body and blood as surely as we receive with our mouth these holy signs in remembrance of Him; and second, that all His suffering and obedience are as certainly ours as if we personally had suffered and paid for our sins.”

Christ has given us His grace, and in turn we can be gracious. By His grace, we are filled with living faith. We love in rebuke, repentance, and forgiveness; guarding one another from temptation.

This meal is God’s grace to us, but it also calls us to be gracious to one another. Those who eat this meal with you are those you are called to guard from temptation. They are those who may need rebuke. They are those to whom you may need to repent. They are those you may need to forgive...seven times a day if necessary!

Come and eat this meal rejoicing in the work of Jesus Christ: united to Him and to one another in peace. God in Christ has forgiven us! Hallelujah! Let us celebrate His grace.

 

Jon Herr Jon Herr (MATS, Reformed Theological Seminary; BS Bible, Philadelphia Biblical University) is Pastor of Christ Covenant Church of Chicago (CREC). Previously he served as a deacon and ministerial student at All Saints Church (CREC, Lancaster PA). He and his wife Jackie live in East Dundee, Illinois with their two daughters and two sons.