THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: REMEMBERING THE COVENANT
Adult/Young Adult Topic: PROMISES TO REMEMBER
Printed Text: 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-34
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV)
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
It is often easier to make promises than to keep them. How can we remember to keep the promises we make? Paul exhorted believers to remember these promises through celebrating the Lord’s Supper in a way that affirms the covenant it embodies.
Early in Jesus’ ministry, He made it clear: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18). In keeping with this promise, Jesus did not establish the Lord’s Supper “out of thin air.” Instead, He repurposed and streamlined the Passover celebration. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper during His last Passover meal with His disciples. He made the Lord’s Supper a bridge between the old and new covenants.
When we partake of the Lord’s Supper in the proper manner, we accept and remember afresh the new covenant of forgiveness offered us through the redemptive actions of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Merciful God, accept us today as we celebrate the sacrifice of your Son on Calvary just as we are without one plea. We recognize the blood that He shed for us. We come to Thee just as we are, thanking you for your grace and mercy. We pray this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.