mutual repeated validation


Tomorrow, May 22, we will celebrate at the Lord’s Table. I think this will fit very well with our theme of “validation”. Think about it for a moment.

 At the Communion Table Jesus ‘validates’ us.

  • He chooses us ‘for his team’. (chosen – see John 15:16,19, Ephesians 1:4)
  • He says to us, and then backs up his words with loud action! – we are his friends, friends worth dying for – that is validation at the highest level! (“greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” – John 15:13)


 But there is, in a sense, a way in which the validation is reciprocal. Each time we come to break bread and drink from the cup, we announce the gospel and our allegiance to our Saviour.

  • do this in remembrance of me” – 1 Corinthians 11:24,25
  • whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” – 1 Corinthians 11:26


 I think it is about mutual, repeated validation. God reminds us of his everlasting covenant of love, made through the sacrifice of His son Jesus. How much he values us, how precious is his church.

And we renew our devotion, individually and as a group, by returning to remember and receive.

Ps. Did you get a chance to view this 16 minute video. Take the time, and make sure you follow it to the end. I have had numerous positive responses since I sent it out yesterday. Click here for the link.


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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One Response to mutual repeated validation

  1. Yvonne says:

    I love it! what a great video. Shall we all try it and see what happens? Let’s!

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