February 8, 2023     12:13 pm
300. Week of Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Lord’s Supper - Strengthens us to lead a holy life
          For we, being many, are one bread and one body; for we are all partakers of that one bread.   1Corinthians 10:17
          Since the Lord's Supper so greatly enhances our assurance of the forgiveness of our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, it also greatly strengthens us to lead a holy life. For a godly life proceeds only from the firm assurance that by the grace of God we have received the adoption of sons. And the stronger this faith is, the greater strength we shall receive to lead a holy life. By partaking of the Lord's Supper we Christians become one body with Christ. If we firmly believe this, can we serve sin any longer? Shall we not then walk as it becomes the members of the body of Christ? And He who is our Head also gives us, His members, divine strength to lead a holy life. And His Holy Supper, too, is the very means through which He does this. A foremost characteristic of a godly life is brotherly love which Christians should show each other. This is strengthened through the Lord's Supper. For if we commune together, we become ever more convinced that, though being many, through it we become one body; for we are all partakers of that one bread, of the one body of Christ. What is natural kinship as compared with this spiritual and heavenly kinship? And what is natural love as compared with this spiritual love? The fellowship of the Lord's Supper, which we Christians have among and with one another is a testimony that, though many, we are one body, that is to say, that through one common faith we are most intimately joined with Christ, and through Christ with one another. Therefore we should eagerly maintain altar fellowship with those who with us confess the true faith; not, however, with those who have separated from us by adhering to a false doctrine.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, Lord God Almighty, for the wondrous gift which You bestow upon me in the Holy Supper. And I beseech Your mercy that You would cause it to strengthen my faith toward You, to make me abound more and more in true holiness and in fervent love toward my neighbour: through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
February 8, 2023     12:13 pm