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Specific and Generic Commands - The Lord's Supper

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Radio transcript for the week of October 23, 2011

Ricky Berger preaches on "Specific and Generic Commands - The Lordâ??s Supper" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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And now a lesson entitled: "Specific and Generic Commands - The Lordâ??s Supperâ?

For the year 2011, I would like to teach a series titled: â??Specific and Generic Commands.â? The first four lessons are designed to show how God teaches us by both specific and generic commands. We will do this by studying commands to different people in the Bible. Then, we will notice some specific and generic commands for people today to obey.

What are specific and generic commands? Specific commands are commands God specifies. When God is specific about what to do, it excludes anything else or any other way. In other words, when God tells us exactly what to do, He doesnâ??t have to tell us everything not to do. A generic command is when God gives us the authority to choose how to best obey the command. When God gives us a command, we have the authority to use whatever it takes to carry out the command, as long as it does not change the command.

Partaking of the Lordâ??s Supper is another much debated subject among â??Christiansâ?. â??Are we supposed to take the Lordâ??s supper?â?, â?? When do we take it?â?, â??How often do we take it?â?, and â??What is the Lordâ??s Supper?â?are just a few of these questions. God would not give us a command and not tell us how to obey the command. Jesus instituted the Lordâ??s Supper (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20) and Christians observed the Lordâ??s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20-29) on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). A Christian must use unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (that which was present when Jesus instituted the Lordâ??s Supper), and take it on the first day of the week like the example we read in Acts 20:7. If I do not take the Lordâ??s Supper, if I take it for the wrong reason, if I take it on the wrong day, or use items not approved by God, then I am breaking Godâ??s specific commands. A congregation can choose the best time of the day on the first day of the week to assemble and break bread. They can choose how many containers to use and how to serve. They cannot change the specific commands and authorized examples given in the Bible.

Thank you for studying with us. May you desire to obey God in all you do.

What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • Godâ??s word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lordâ??s Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

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