We usually associate communion with breaking bread and drinking wine or for the morally observant churches grape juice. I love my spiritual act of communion as much as the next Christian. However the communion I am speaking of is the one that Jesus witnessed personally through fellowship. He experienced the sharing of feelings and thoughts around a table with people he loved and a community he handpicked.
As much as it is important we celebrate communion as something to symbolize Christ’s holiness and grace through breaking bread and wine, we also importantly remember that it was not what was served but who was served. I would like to think that Christ shared his last meal not only for us to break bread and remember him through His sacrifice but also to remember the community he loved and cared for.
Community is tough; and it’s tough because we have to be vulnerable with each other. As much as we have been conditioned in this culture that we are on our own, or that we need to be self-dependent, biblically that is far from the truth. Even Jesus wrangled up 12 Disciples on His journey to fulfil the prophecy. He could have done it all on His own if He wanted, but He chose to be in company. In Acts it paints a great image of community and fellowship.
“And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Communication is important in fellowship because it allows us to open up verbally and non-verbally with each other to share our faults and our pleasures together. In the secular world a lot of Christians are labelled as self-righteous or hypocritical. We are accused of not following Jesus’s mission and not being good people, but blind mice that follow an unproven system and an unrealistic God. I think the secular say this because as a church we have failed to repent with each other, we have failed to communicate our highs and our low’s to express unity and strength. With me I try in each relationship I have to open up and be as vulnerable as possible.
The point of this is to communicate that I to sin and that I have my own troubles, along with communicating that I have passions and goals. Communication in fellowship is important because it holds you accountable and convicted to be more like Christ. As a community of believers we can show the world Christ love only if we work together and fight sin for each other.
As a church we should have our own communities and we should be as open to them as we are to ourselves in some areas. The fear for most is that by opening and being vulnerable they will get burned. I think Jesus says something about throwing stones in the Bible somewhere, so even if our brothers and sisters fail us we know it’s the sin in their hearts and not the heart of God.
As a community we should be trusted as Christ trusted or at least loved his disciples. He loved them so much He shared His last meal on this planet with them, he sat at the table with them and cried and laughed with them. HE LOVED THEM!!!
We should use the example of the last supper to show support for our communities and for our fellowship. Know that the only perfect being is God, and that even the most loved person in your life at one point or another will fail you. Once you realize this simple truth it is easy to experience forgiveness if you are able to just see the imperfection in ALL humanity.
The first step to a healthy community is for you to level with yourself and confirm that you need Jesus, you need community, and that you are a sinner with a lot of weaknesses. We must point the finger back at ourselves and realize that we need to be dependent on each other. God made us to be in community, He made us to love one another and be vulnerable. Caution: This doesn’t mean say everything on your mind Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Also a Warning from James 3:8 “but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison, In quoting these verses be careful not to let satan use your speech for evil or shove you from finding a lovable group of people.
Of course, our most important communication to man should be the fulfillment of Matthew 28:19-20 as we communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that desperately needs to hear it.
Love Your Brother