Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is an essential part of the worship service in Abilene Bible Church; it is observed every Sunday between the music worship and the sermon. It includes a prayer of confession, a brief message (called “Sermon 1” by the congregation, but “Communion Devotion” by the pastor), the taking of the elements, and meditative piano music. The devotional message is not prescripted; rather, it flows according to the leading of the Holy Spirit at the moment. If by technical reasons we missed the recording of the day, it cannot be reproduced. The Communion Devotion (“Sermon 1”) is not planned to relate with the accompanying “Sermon 2," but quite often they find correlations with each other. We present the recordings here for those who find this meaningful and helpful. God bless your soul.
Communion Devotion • 06/24/2018
Psalm 2 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #1 • Introduction
This is the beginning of a mini-series “Christ in Psalms." Psalm 2 is a messianic psalm, calling the Son of David (King of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah) the Son of God, for God will rule over all nations through him. Jesus Christ fit that profile. He is the begotten Son of God for eternity, but in another sense he is begotten when he becomes the king of Israel as a vassal (son) to God the Father, the suzerain (father). In turn he will be the suzerain (the Great King) over other nations (vassals).
Communion Devotion • 07/01/2018
Psalm 16 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #2 • Chapter 1
Psalm 16 portrays the life of a righteous leader of the people of God, who will not see his body decay in the tombs, but expects resurrection. Jesus Christ fulfilled the prophecy.
Communion Devotion • 07/08/2018
Psalm 22 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #3
Psalm 22 is the quintessential messianic psalm, in which David spoke on behalf of the future Messiah, predicting that he would be nailed in the hands and feet, and soldiers would divide his clothes by throwing a lot. Jesus not only fulfilled the prophecy, but also shouted out the first sentence of the psalm, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” as one of the “seven sayings on the cross.”
Communion Devotion • 07/15/2018
Psalm 23 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #4 • Smyrna
Even though Psalm 23 is not usually counted among the “Messianic Psalms,” it portrays the life of the righteous (and Jesus certainly is that). Totally trusting and depending of the good shepherd, the righteous will go through the valley of death and feast on God’s goodness. That happened to Jesus; it could happen to those of
us who follow him.
Communion Devotion • 07/22/2018
Psalm 40 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #5 Pergamum
Psalm 40 described a righteous man whose ears God had opened, for God prefers heartfelt obedience more than animal sacrifices. This kind of man with perfect obedience was written in God’s book, and Christ lived out this calling and gave perfect obedience on the cross.
Communion Devotion • 07/29/2018
Psalm 42 • Accompanying Sermon: Revelation #6 • Thyatira
Psalm 42 described a righteous man whose soul thirsts for God as deer for the water. He suffered for the sake of righteousness, asking “why have you forgotten me, God?” Yet by faith he trusted in God’s plan and lived on in obedience. This is a picture of Christ’s life, especially on the cross.