At Wednesday's Exchange, we heard a powerful message from Pastor Carl titled, "A Crossroad Called Communion." But that wasn't before Carl had the multi-talented Kevin Singleton break out into spontaneous song playing the keys and singing, "help them Lord, help them Lord."
The text for Pastor Carl's message is found in John 6:55-59: "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever." These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum."
"Communion is a decision reminder. Have you embraced the 'good idea' or the 'God identity'?" Pastor Carl said, while explaining that there are a lot of good ideas but in practices are really hard. People like the idea of doing good things and going to church, but following Jesus isn't just a good idea or a middle-of-the-road decision, Pastor Carl noted. "Jesus doesn't want 'some' of you, He wants ALL of you!"
Pastor Carl then outlined what the decision means and what it looks like if you have crossed over to be a follower of Jesus:
- You give up the right to "GIVE SOME". Give all of what you have now and give as if you don't have later. The two curse words at Hillsong NYC are: "someday" and "almost." There is no middle ground at this church. And if you are in the middle, we still love you anyway.
- You give up the right ot give up. People give up when they get hit by something. But Jesus hasn't given up on you, so you can't give up on you.
- You do not give up on people. But you also have to remember that you're not the one saving people, Jesus is! It's all about Jesus, not you.
We're looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, where we'll be meeting at Irving Plaza (17 Irving pl) at 10, 12, 2, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. See you at church!