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Breaking Down Communion as Worship

Breaking down Hebrews 10:19-22 in three points:

Opening Question: Communion - How do most perceive the word/action?
Opening Answer: Commemorating, remembrance, conviction + repentance, etc.

Commonly overlooked element: Worship (see note on #3)

1) v. 19 - "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus..." (KJV)

Boldness in Greek implies freedom-based assurance. The key is realizing such freedom stems from sanctification, a vertical displacement from sin on route to holiness. Sanctification, at its core, involves divine separation.

Symbolic representation: the split veil

2) v. 20 - "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through [that] veil, that is to say, his flesh..." (KJV)

Communion leads to a consecration before God in acknowledging Christ's death in relation to both personal and corporate sin. Similarly to God's love initiative to man, the Cross was His sanctifying drive, His precedented pursuit…

Oh, You of What Faith!?!

My latest lesson with LEGACYouth took on a new facet/attribute of God's character, due in part to a solid hook I noted from analyzing both 'Jesus vs. sea' accounts in Matthew 8:23-27 and Matthew 14:22-36.

The first account has Jesus in the fishing boat when calming the mighty Sea of Galilee, the latter has him out walking ON the same body of water, intending to pass his disciples by!

Now I'm not here to repeat a history lesson, for I'm sure most of you know what takes place in each story. However, the key passage I want to harp on momentarily is the legendary Jesus line: "Oh, you of LITTLE faith."

Some translations, discussion boards, and documentaries shed false light on this trademark line by referring Jesus' words as Oh, you of NO faith."

But it's important to recognize the difference between "no" and "little" here. I feel distinguishing the difference can open the door for both accounts to be seen on a higher pla…