July 11: His Words. Our Words. His Power. Our Power.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles [power], to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

If it is true that Christ lives in us and through us, then we must, as Christians, wrestle with the implications of this amazing truth. If our actual bodies are indwelt by the Spirit of Christ, then that must mean that our actions are now Christ’s actions, our thoughts are his thoughts, our emotions are his emotions, and our words are his words.

Look at the list of spiritual gifts above. We see gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and power (miracles). These gifts are from the Spirit. In Isaiah 11:2-3 we read:
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,

Christ himself was given the gifts of the Spirit. He was given the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge and power. But beyond this, Christ himself IS wisdom and knowledge and power.

1 Corinthians 1:24. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

The spiritual gifts are the manifestation of Christ through the words and deeds of his followers. Christ had wisdom and power and he IS God’s wisdom and power. We also have wisdom and power through the life of Christ. We manifest the words and deeds of Christ himself. These words and deeds of Christ flow from the mind of Christ, which we also have.

1 Corinthians 2:16. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

This has great implications for us in regards to how we hear from Christ and how we speak for Christ. It seems that we go to two extremes when we talk about hearing from Christ. We say that we can only hear from Christ through the Bible. Or we say that we must go beyond the Bible and get silent and wait for a word from the Lord in some “super spiritual” way. But are both of these extremes missing the truth? Our own thoughts, words, and actions are literally those of Christ when they come from the Spirit within us. When Christians think, it is Christ thinking. When Christians talk they are speaking for Christ. When they serve they are Christ embodied. That is, when this is done in the Spirit, by faith in the indwelling grace and love of Christ.

Could it be that one of the primary ways that Christ speaks to us today, alongside scripture, is in our speaking to each other and serving each other? Could it be that Christ speaks to us today through the thoughts in our own minds- we have the mind of Christ, don’t we? I know God said, “my thoughts are not your thoughts.” But has union with Christ and the New Covenant changed this? Have the mysteries of God’s thoughts been revealed in Christ, and now in us?

But isn’t this a dangerous concept? How do we know that what we are speaking is from Christ? How do I know when what I am thinking is Christ?

Is it the gospel?

Remember, we not only have the wisdom, knowledge, and power of Christ. Christ IS the wisdom, knowledge, and power. His life, death, and resurrection are wisdom and power. If it’s the gospel message it is Christ’s mind and Christ’s words. If your actions are consistent with the sacrificial love of the gospel then it is Christ’s deeds. If it is just some personal wisdom, spiritual experience, or new insight into scripture- probably not Christ. If it builds others up in the glory of the cross- probably Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:2. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

“To live is Christ” gives us the words and power of Christ. And those words and power will be Christ. Words from Christ will be about Christ and his glory as seen in the cross and empty tomb. Power from Christ will be the weakness of the crucified life, and the strength of the resurrected life. “To live is Christ” is not just a concept, it is a reality lived out in your words and deeds of sacrificial power.

Do you think about your words and deeds as being Christ’s own words and deeds? Do you actively speak and live out the gospel? How does union with Christ challenge how you think Christ speaks to us today?

July 10: The Grace of Interdependence.

1 Corinthians 12:14-27. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

How are we to relate to each other within the church? Are some Christians more valuable than others? Can a Christian survive alone? Paul’s elaborate body metaphor here in 1 Corinthians 12 shows us the primary relationship of the members of a local church to one another- interdependence. Not independence. Not co-dependence. But interdependence.

Independence.

Paul clearly rules out that any Christian can go it alone. If all were a single member, where would the body be? And The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” We know this to be true theologically because every Christian shares the same spirit- the Spirit of Christ. We were baptized into the same Spirit and we are sustained by drinking the same Spirit every day (1 Corinthians 12:13). But we also know this to be true practically. Sin isolates us, and isolation is sin. You show me a Christian that doesn’t ever want to be around other Christians, and I’ll show you a Christian carrying sin and guilt. None of us can thrive alone. We all need our brothers and sisters to help bear our burdens, and come alongside us in times of trial. We all need to hear “I love you,” and “I accept you,” and “I need you.” Without this we die on the inside.

Co-dependency.

Paul is also ruling out co-dependency. Every Christian has all of Christ. This means that each individual Christian is fully alive, fully blessed, and fully saved all by themselves. Our salvation doesn’t come and go or grow or shrink based upon what others do or what they think about us. As Paul said back in chapter 9, “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all.” We are all free from all. But co-dependency is bondage to others, to their opinions and actions, and to their thoughts and movements.

Co-dependency means finding my identity in you. Not in Christ. It is dangerous and destructive for both people. It never seeks the other’s best interest but only the interests of self. It is, in actuality, making an idol of the other person. Co-dependency does not celebrate differences. In 1 Corinthians 12, differences are clearly celebrated: On those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and that the members may have the same care for one another.

Interdependence.

I believe what Paul is describing in 1 Corinthians 12 is the relationships within the local church of interdependence. Interdependence occurs when each member realizes their need for other, but also their individual secure salvation. Each member keeps their own unique identity, and yet shares the identity of Christ. Every member is important, but none is ultimate.

Living in interdependence is living in grace. Grace is more than just dependency. It is that, but it is also empowerment. Grace is what empowers us to live as Christ and for Christ. Interdependence empowers us. It is the interdependency of the local church body that empowers each of us as individuals to live as Christ. Without the grace of interdependence, we would all, like the lost lamb, seek to go our own way. But by grace we have been brought back into the flock.

Interdependence is the key to finding joy in life. We may start our life journey completely dependent on our parents or caregiver. But over time we grow healthily into relationships of interdependence. We learn to accept help but also give help to those in need. We find joy in the acceptance that these relationships offer. We are both needy and needed. This is the relationship that God has chosen to have with us. Yes, we are completely dependent upon God, and no, he does not need us. And yet he invites us into a relationship of interdependence. We need him and he has chosen to need us. He lives through us. He indwells us. His life is manifest in the church. Not because he needs to, but because he wants to. Because he knows that this is the best way to love us and bring us the greatest joy.

“To live is Christ” means that we need each other in order to grow into the likeness of Christ. And, at the same time, we are free from being controlled by each other. The grace of interdependency is the primary characteristic of the body of Christ. Everyone matters, everyone has a role, everyone contributes to the growth of the whole. In the words of Lawrence Cunningham, “When we recognize our interdependence, we can love others as we love ourselves.”

Can you identify trends of independence or co-dependence in yourself? Do you recognize the grace of interdependence? How does union with Christ mean that you are both free from all and yet connected to all in the church?

July 9: The New Humanity.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 27. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 

The life of Christ inside of us is meant to be a communal experience. We aren’t saved into just a personal relationship with Christ. That is part of it to be sure. But we are saved into a corporate relationship with both Christ and the Church. We are born into a family. We are built into a building. We are sown into a field of crops. We are adopted into a household. We are saved into the church, a community.

The illustration Paul uses here is a body. This was a common illustration in Paul’s day. In fact the Roman Empire was spoken of as a body with the Emperor as the head. But for us in Christ it is more than just an illustration or metaphor. Because Christ indwells us, we literally are his body. His spirit, the Holy Spirit, animates us. We think his thoughts, feel his feelings, and speak his words. We are the physical manifestation of Christ on earth today.

Also, we are part of a new humanity, Jew and Greek, slave and free, united. The church isn’t just a nice place to go and sing some songs on Sunday mornings. It’s definitely not a social club, or an organization. It’s the place we go to practice how to be the new humanity. We learn to image God again. We worship. We serve. We love. All the things we were created to be, but failed to be, we now are once again- together.

This new humanity is accomplished through Christ. Notice that Paul calls us the body of Christ, not the body of Jesus. Jesus still has his body. It’s in Heaven seated next to the Father. Jesus is bound to his physical body and will be forever. But Jesus is also the Christ. By his death, resurrection, and ascension he has become a “life giving spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45). We are one spirit with him (1 Cor. 7:16). This is possible because the Holy Spirit is now the Spirit of Christ. We have been baptized into one body in one Spirit at the moment of our salvation. And we all were made to drink of one Spirit each and every day since. This baptism into the Spirit and drinking of the Spirit is what allows us to all be united to Christ spiritually as one.

Jesus is the new humanity. Humanity made perfect. And Christ makes us the new humanity through our union with him. If Jesus were just a physical person still (and he is) but not also the spiritual Christ, then our union would be something we have to generate from outside of us. But Christ in us means that our union as the Body is a reality that is sown deep inside each and every one of us. What a glorious thought!

“To live is Christ” is to be baptized into a community by the Holy Spirit. This is what makes a Christian a Christian. Every Christian is part of something that is much bigger than themselves, a new humanity. A humanity re-created to love and serve both God and the world. Christ himself is the source of this new humanity because Jesus is the new humanity. This will radically change how we treat all others especially Christians. To denigrate any other Christian is to denigrate Christ himself. To tear apart Christians is to tear apart the limbs of Christ himself. To sin against a Christian is to sin against Christ himself.

Do you see yourself as part of the new humanity? How does union with Christ affect your view of the church and other Christians? Do you see them as equally important members of Christ? What are the implications of the new humanity for how we should live in the world and with other Christians?

July 8: Spiritual Gifts- The Trinity Inside.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

One of the most amazing truths about our union with Christ is that every Christian has the same Christ in them, but he manifests himself in each Christian uniquely. Paul explains this idea to us here in 1 Corinthians 12 as gifts from the Spirit. Spiritual gifts are the manifestation of Christ in us. But beyond this, their single purpose yet diverse expression, are the imaging of the Trinity through us.

“To live is Christ” means that there is both unity and diversity in the Body of Christ. This images the Trinity. God is one, and yet three. God is one in purpose, and yet his gifts, for carrying out that purpose, are many. As Christians we must realize that God’s single divine will is carried out in a variety of ways in the individual unique lives of his children. God’s will is for each of us to love him, love others, and make disciples. But how that works itself out in each individual Christian will be different. Different gifts. Different service. Different activities. Different manifestations. The gifts are meant for the whole church, not just one part of it. The diversity of our gifts used for the common good is truly one of the greatest ways that we image the Trinity.

Spiritual gifts in and of themselves are reflective of the Tri-Unity of God. All gifts originate from the Father. They are mediated by the Son. And they are enabled by the work of the Spirit. The same Spirit, same Lord, and same God are each uniquely at work in each and every Christian. And yet at the same time it is the unity of the Spirit, Lord, and Father God that creates our unity within this amazing diversity.

This truth should eliminate all ideas of competition or rivalry among us. God has handed out the gifts as he sees fit. No Christian has all the gifts. Only Christ does. Only the church as a whole does. No doubt the Corinthians were seeing these amazing spiritual gifts as a way to self-promote and seek even greater status. But our spirituality should never be seen as an opportunity to build up the self. And spiritual gifts should never be used to divide or damage the church. As we have seen and will see again soon, love is the boundary of our spirituality. True spirituality IS love.

“To live is Christ” means “to live is the Trinity.” Christ is the ultimate image bearer of the Trinity. And now he is living out his life through the manifestation of his life in you by the freely given spiritual gifts given to you. His power. His goodness. His life. Given to each one freely by grace for the building up and transformation of the church body, for the common good. But it can only be for the good if it is bounded by the love and holiness of Christ.

How open are you to God’s diversity? Do you expect every Christian to look and sound like you? Do you believe that you have a spiritual gift or gifts? How cool is it that Christ manifests himself in such a variety of ways through our own personalities and experiences but also through the different gifts he gives (OK, this is sort of rhetorical)? How would you explain the connection between union with Christ and spiritual gifts to someone?

July 7: Jesus Is The Lord!

1 Corinthians 12:3. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

The Corinthians saw spirituality as a mark of human capacity, knowledge, and status. But we must see spirituality as Holy Spirit given. Yes, it is a gift. Not something anyone achieves or earns. It is a life. The life of Christ in you and me. True spirituality is, therefore, something that every believer in Christ possesses. If you are a Christian, and have the life of Christ in you, then you are spiritual.

What is the mark of this true spirituality? The truly spiritual person will never say Jesus is cursed and only the truly spiritual person can say Jesus is Lord. Only someone who is in Christ will declare their submission to Christ. He is our Lord. Our Master. Those in Christ will live from the Lordship of Christ so as to build others up with our spiritual gifts and love each other with the fruit of the Spirit.

“To live is Christ” will never allow us to use Christ against others (not that we could even if we wanted to). Interestingly the phrase Jesus is accursed could be translated as “Jesus grant a curse” or “Jesus curse you.” Several curse tablets have been found in Corinth that appeal to pagan deities to curse an enemy or a rival business or athlete. No truly spiritual person would ever use the name of Jesus to curse their enemy. Real spirituality loves the enemy. It “blesses and curses not” (Rom. 12:14).

“To live is Christ” means confessing that we are the slaves of Christ. This is not just our obligatory creed. It is our new desire. By the indwelling life of Christ, and our union with Christ, our desires are renewed and reoriented toward Christ. The truly spiritual person (every Christian) will desire Christ above all else. Every Christian should be able to declare Jesus is Lord.

Claiming Jesus as Lord is the letting go of the old self. It is entrusting our lives into his control. This includes all of our hopes, dreams, sins, failures, successes, and tasks. This statement of slavery to Christ is then the greatest statement of freedom a human could ever utter. The Lordship of Christ over your heart is the freedom of your heart from the slavery of self. This is why saying Jesus is Lord is the first and foremost test of our faith. Can you say Jesus is Lord today?

What does it mean in your life to call Jesus Lord? How does the lordship of Jesus both constrain us and liberate us? How does union with Christ (both In Christ and Christ In You) mean that Jesus is both factually the Lord of your life and yet, experientially, you are making him the Lord of your life? Is there an area of your life where you need to let Jesus rule?

July 6: We Are Christ’s Body.

We might say that one of the big ideas in 1 Corinthians is that our disunity as Christians can and should be healed by our union with Christ. The church at Corinth was marked by disunity and division. Division caused by a fleshly desire to maintain status and power through spirituality and knowledge. They were a divided church living in a culture of division. Men over women. Free over slave. Jew over Gentile. Rich over poor. Those with “knowledge” over those without. And those with cool spiritual gifts over those with “less cool” spiritual gifts.

But our union with Christ unites us to each other. It levels us all out. It equalizes us. It places us into a body (the church) that all works together to become Christ’s body here on earth. And so now, after spending 11 chapters addressing specific problems in Corinth, Paul will spend the next chapters teaching them once again of the glorious mysteries of their union with Christ as the Body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12 still begins by addressing a specific question from the Corinthians about spiritual gifts, but it quickly becomes our master class on union with Christ lived out as the Body of Christ in love for one another. Paul is showing us how to truly discern the body (11:29):

1 Corinthians 12:4-7. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:11. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12: 18-20. But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

1 Corinthians 12:24-26. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

1 Corinthians 12: 27. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 

1 Corinthians 12:31. But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

The glorious reality of our union with Christ, is that each of us has all of Christ and at the same time, each of us is part of Christ. The life of Christ manifests itself in each of us undivided, but also in the church as a whole. Therefore, Christian, you cannot separate yourself from the church. Would you separate Christ’s finger from his hand? Would you separate his leg from his body? Would you cut off his ear? Of course not! What pain and agony that would cause our Savior. So why would we think that we, his arms, legs, ears, fingers, toes, and eyes could separate ourselves from the Body without that same pain and agony?

“To live is Christ” means that we live as part of Christ’s body. A body arranged by God for God’s glory in the world today. A body with many different members (limbs and organs) that suffer and rejoice together. A body with great gifts, freely given by grace for the building up of the church. What a glorious reality! What a life changing truth.

How important is it to you to live out your Christianity through the Body of Christ (the church)? How does your union with Christ change how you see your relationship to the church? How can knowing that Christ is in you and you are part of Christ change how you see the purpose of your life?

 

July 5: Come Together

1 Corinthians 11:17-34. But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another— 34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

Wow. This may be the grossest example from this letter of the sinful selfishness of the Corinthian church. Paul continues to attack their selfishness by reminding them of their union with Christ and their union to each other. We were not made to live for ourselves. We were made to live for the glory of God by living for the good of others. The place where this truth should be most visible, most remembered, and most practiced is at the Lord’s Supper.

The Lord’s Supper was celebrated by the early church as they would come together in homes, where the church met in the first century. In Roman society, the rich and poor did not eat together. They ate in different parts of the house. The Corinthian church was practicing this same division during the Lord’s Supper. This is why Paul says, When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. Yes, they may be calling it the Lord’s Supper, but it’s not connected to our Lord when it creates division rather than unity.

The Lord’s Supper is meant to be a re-enactment and proclamation of the gospel. It re-enacts our rescue from slavery. Just like the Passover meal before it, the Lord’s Supper is meant to illustrates our slavery, our need for redemption, and our freedom. But the Corinthians made it another meal to demonstrate their social status. The gospel, however, unites us and levels us. We are all equally needy. We are all equally desperate. We are all equally free and slaves. The Lord’s Supper should shape our identity as self-sacrificing Christ followers. It should not be a place to get drunk, take advantage, over eat, and humiliate your fellow Christians. It should never be a place to distinguish between the “superior and inferior” Christians in the church.

The Lord’s Supper should be a celebration of the life of Jesus. Not the celebration of a dead man, but a celebration of a living God-man who will return for us – For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. The symbol of the bread and cup therefore, serve to strengthen our faith as we wait. As we proclaim Christ and his death for us, our confession of faith strengthens our faith.

But the Lord’s Supper is also an appropriation of the death of Christ. This is “to live is Christ,” that we live with Christ and die with Christ. Die to the selfishness that would cause division in our church. Die to the seeking of status. Die to our own rights and agenda. Remember in 1 Corinthians 10:16, Paul called the Lord’s Supper a participation or koinonia with the blood and body, that is, the death, of Christ. This is why Paul tells us that we must discern the body.
1 Corinthians 11:29. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

The body here likely means both the literal body of Christ (his death) and the Body of Christ, the church. We must discern that we are one with both the literal death of Christ and the Body of Christ which is the church. We are united to Christ and to each other. Judgment comes when we fail to realize this union and then live in selfish, self-promoting ways. Especially at the Table of Christ.

I know if you go to a church like mine, that the application of this passage can seem hard. It’s hard to act selfishly at my church’s communion. It is a short part of the service with juice and crackers in the pews of the church sanctuary. Not a full meal in someone’s home. So for us today the application may be in those other parts of church life where we are more prone to act in self-promoting ways and hurt others with our cliquish behavior. Maybe it’s the pot luck meal or church picnic. Maybe it’s just in the weekly worship service where you complain and seek your own preferences. Maybe it’s in where you sit or who you sit or don’t sit with. In general, is your behavior divisive or is it unifying?

Paul tells us, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. We are meant to take the Lord’s Supper together. Why? Because “To live is Christ” means that we share a common spiritual experience with our brothers and sisters in Christ. So wait for one another. Share those experiences of Christ with others. Let them deepen your unity. Don’t live your spiritual life on an island or in a clique. Bring others along with you in your journey. Grab some spiritual friends and journey together. Even if it means waiting for them. In this way you will truly discern the body of Christ.

Do you tend to do your spiritual life alone? Do you tend to separate Christians according to their spirituality? How can the Lord’s Supper be a time for you to discern the body of Christ as your union with his death, and the Body of Christ as the church?