If there is another part of Christian worship more overstated and understated than Communion, I don’t know what it is. For some, Communion is a boring ritual that must be taken because God commanded that Christians do it.

For others…Communion is the sum total of Christian worship. I know of more than one church that were started with the goal of centering the assembly on Communion–removing many of the other expressions of worship to make way for it. These churches have had numerous struggles, probably because the spiritual life of such a church lacks breadth.

The sermon series I am preaching right now, Remember: Experiencing God’s Blessing of Communion, has so far been a joy to preach…and, a joy to prepare for (far more rare). What I’m finding is…I could preach a 12-week series on Communion without nearly exhausting the subject. It is a far more mysterious and wonderful thing than I’ve ever known. Then again, so are most matters of the Spirit. God’s mercies are new every morning, and so are His mysteries.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Tim: In the quick intro to the sermon, the one showing the wine spilt from the glass, is that Enya’s voice I hear? If so, do you know what song it might be from?
    Great stuff, btw.

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  3. Thoroughly enjoying this series on communion. Do take time to re=read Calvin and Luther on the subject. And possibly wrestle with the mystical presence of Christ in/through/under the elements of bread and wine. I’m not campaigning for transubstantiation, mind you; but something at least touching on consubstatiation might be refreshing coming from someone other than moi.
    That said, I must also say I was totally on board with you this morning even as you through me off balance with your take on “examine yourself,” which quite organically, it seemed, took a turn toward repentance. I love it when you surprise me!