Communion Of Saints
01 NOVEMBER 2020 | TRADITIONAL SERVICES
Rev Lilian Ang
Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:2 (NIV)
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Summary | All Saints’ Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday of November to commemorate saints throughout the world including those who have departed from us.
What is the meaning of Communion of Saints?
- Communion – The Greek word for communion is koinonia which is used to describe partnership or fellowship formed by people who share common goals. The early Christians who ate together and shared all things because of their love for God are an example of koinonia.
- Saints – Persons who repent of sin and put their trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation are saints (1 Cor 6:9-11). Paul addressed all believers as saints in his writings.
Communion of saints means the fellowship of saints together. There are 2 dimensions:
- Communion with God
- Communion with one another
Communion with God is based on our fellowship with God through Jesus Christ who is our foundation (1 Jn 1:1-4, 1 Cor 3:11). Faith in Christ puts us in fellowship with God.
Communion with one another encompasses both saints on earth (1 Jn 1:7) and those in heaven. Our fellowship with one another is grounded in our mutual fellowship with God, bound by faith in God through Jesus Christ. It is based on our common confession that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rm3:23), which changes the way we relate to one another. We are bound together by love as God lives in us and His love is made complete in us (1 Jn 4:11-12).
Practical steps in living out the communion of saints:
- Get acquainted with church life. Find time beyond Sunday service to get involved in church activities, e.g. Small Group, Wednesday church synchronised prayer, etc.
- Be available for ministry. Find some way to be part of a fellowship that will bind us together.
Substance of saintliness:
- Saints are people who have faith in Jesus and love for believers
- Saints have hope in the age to come, living under Christ’s rule
- The life of a saint is fertile soil for God’s word, bearing fruit and blessing to others
- Saints are rich in love, seeing others through Jesus’ eyes.
If we believe in the communion of saints, there is an intimate connection among believers and our worship cannot be confined to our own experience. Heb 12:1 points to the saints in heaven who form a great cloud of witnesses to encourage us to run our race. Death cannot separate us from the communion of Christians.
(Sermon Notes by Woo Choi Yin )
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. What do you understand by the word “saint”?
2. In what way has the biblical understanding of the word “saint” change the way you relate to others?
3. Make a list of persons who have been “saints” to you. Take some time to give thanks for their positive influence in your life.
4. Share an incident in which you have experienced the “communion of saints” in action.
5. Make a list of persons you can be a “saint” to this month. Commit each person to prayer and ask God to show you how you can a “saint” in action.
6. Share with the group what and how you would carrying out your “action plan” (to be a saint to someone whom God has laid in your heart).